Recovering from State Terror: The Morning After in Latin America

Alison Brysk
2003 Latin American Research Review  
In Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden, an individual victim of shattering human rights violations serves as a metaphor for her entire society, as she struggles to recover truth, justice, and stability. Her anguished confrontation with the vagaries of memory, the temptations of vengeance, and the limits of pacted transitions mirrors the political history reflected in these works (Dorfman 1991). In a similar spirit, in the immediate aftermath of Latin America's democratic transitions I
more » ... nsitions I suggested that the "emerging democracies"-then lauded by U.S. policymakers and some "transitologists"-were more appropriately labeled "recovering authoritarians" (Brysk 1994) . The individual
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