Facing the Torturer

François Bizot chronicles his bizarre interaction with a genocidal mass murderer, the Cambodian known as Comrade Duch, or “the Butcher of Tuol Sleng.” Taken into custody by the Cambodian authorities in 1971, Bizot escaped torture and death only by forging an empathetic relationship with his captor. When, decades later, Duch is brought to trial, the author must confront his own past.