The story of a witness of one of Peru’s greatest political violence periods. A Chilean journalist who, as Cultural and Press Attaché in the country, explains the inexplicable: the horror of terrorism in the most painful period of recent Peruvian history.
Tono Freire had been in Peru for a couple of weeks and was on his way to work at the Chilean embassy in Lima, when a bombing threw him to the ground. And, still on the pavement, he heard the bullets whistling over his head. Situations like this, which were not uncommon in Peru during 1992, led the Chilean journalist to write "Abimael Guzmán and The Shining Path". A book report that Freire publishes after ending his diplomatic mission.
The book narrates five vital months in the recent history of Peru from June to October 1992. “Those months were useful to address the history of the "Shining Path" (Peruvian revolutionary organization), its philosophy and strategy, and to introduce Abimael Guzmán and, a lesser-known character, his wife: the woman who introduced him to Marxism and who appeared dead after disagreeing with the guerrilla leader's orders” says Freire.
The book also includes maps, photographs and reproductions of documents created by the Shining Path members.