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Facing the Torturer by [Bizot, Francois]
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Length: 224 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Language: English

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An encounter with Duch, the most infamous mass-murderer alive today, by the author of the internationally acclaimed THE GATE In 1971, 30-year-old ethnographer François Bizot was captured by the Khmer Rouge and kept prisoner for three months in the Cambodian jungle, accused of being a CIA spy. His captor, Comrade Duch, eventually had him freed. It took Bizot decades to realise he owed his life to a man who, later in the Killing Fields regime, became one of Pol Pot's most infamous henchmen. As the head of the tuol Sleng S-21 jail, Duch personally oversaw the detention, systematic torture and execution of thousands of detainees. Duch's trial as a war criminal began in March 2009 and Bizot was the first witness to testify. In July 2010, Duch was sentenced to 35 years' imprisonment for the murder of an estimated 14,000 people. Unable to reconcile the young man who saved his life with the war criminal who terrorised and killed countless innocent people, Bizot attended Duch's trial and spent time with him in prison, trying to unearth whatever humanity Duch had left. If he was going to talk to anyone, it was Bizot, whom he still referred to as his 'friend'. At once a personal essay, a historical and philosophical meditation, and an eye-witness account, FACING tHE tORtURER will join a very short list of important books about man's personal responsibility in collective crimes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: 4th Estate (1 October 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00760GC6S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #414,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A convoluted expose of mental processes and deliberations during a highly stressful incarceration and how those same mental processes survived the passage of time between happening and testifying.
A truly challenging book which challenges our accepted conception of right and wrong, and of hate and understanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Facing the torturer 8 October 2013
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This book is a difficult read, possibly because it is in translation; probably because more is left out than described in detail. Three observations:

1. Best not to be a prisoner of a fundamentalist sect.
2. It's fairly obvious why le Carre was impressed. It's almost Smiley and Karla in the flesh.
3. Is the Stockholm Syndrome a valid concept?
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Good story but not well written.

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