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The Surrendered: Reflections by a Son of Shining Path
by José Carlos Agüero
edited by Michael J. Lazzara and Charles F. Walker
Duke University Press, 2021
eISBN: 978-1-4780-2121-6 | Cloth: 978-1-4780-1051-7 | Paper: 978-1-4780-1165-1
Library of Congress Classification F3448.7.A38A313 2021

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
When Peruvian public intellectual José Carlos Agüero was a child, the government imprisoned and executed his parents, who were members of Shining Path. In The Surrendered—originally published in Spanish in 2015 and appearing here in English for the first time—Agüero reflects on his parents' militancy and the violence and aftermath of Peru's internal armed conflict. He examines his parents' radicalization, their lives as guerrillas, and his tumultuous childhood, which was spent in fear of being captured or killed, while grappling with the complexities of public memory, ethics and responsibility, human rights, and reconciliation. Much more than a memoir, The Surrendered is a disarming and moving consideration of what forgiveness and justice might mean in the face of hate. This edition includes an editor's introduction, a timeline of the Peruvian conflict, and an extensive interview with the author.

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