The Blindfold's Eyes: My Journey from Torture to Truth

The Blindfold's Eyes: My Journey from Torture to Truth

by Dianna Ortiz
     
 

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The searing memoir of an American nun, her torture in Guatemala, her campaign to reveal the truth, and her struggle to heal.

In 1989, while working as a missionary in Guatemala, Sister Dianna Ortiz, an American Ursuline, was abducted by security forces and brutally tortured. Her case attracted international attention -- not because it was so unusual, but because

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The searing memoir of an American nun, her torture in Guatemala, her campaign to reveal the truth, and her struggle to heal.

In 1989, while working as a missionary in Guatemala, Sister Dianna Ortiz, an American Ursuline, was abducted by security forces and brutally tortured. Her case attracted international attention -- not because it was so unusual, but because she escaped to reveal the details, and because of the explosive charge that the man who intervened with her captors, a mysterious "Alejandro," may have had connections with the U.S. Embassy.

In this haunting memoir, Ortiz offers an unforgettable portrait of the psychological and spiritual impact of torture. Her efforts to publicize her case and to uncover the truth in the face of official stonewalling, lies, and slander, is a portrait of courage and stubborn hope. But it is also a story of faith, friendship, and the quest to prove that at the core of the human spirit there is a force stronger than violence and fear.

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Publishers Weekly
In 1989, Sister Dianna Ortiz, an American-born nun, was abducted from the compound where she worked in Guatemala. Twenty-four hours later, she escaped, but within that brief period, her body had been burned with cigarettes, she'd been raped, beaten and forced to torture a woman who was already near death. As a consequence of her devastation, Ortiz lost every memory she had of her life before the kidnapping, and spent years battling both real and remembered demons in a struggle to heal herself and to spread the word about U.S. complicity in Guatemala's repressive political system and in the torture and murder of thousands of innocent Guatemalans. This is an important book for two reasons: its illustration of the fallout of torture and the special needs of survivors, and Ortiz's well-documented narrative of the U.S. government's refusal to take seriously what happened to her, particularly as she identified one of her torturers as an American. It's unfortunate that Ortiz didn't have a better editor. This is a powerful story and Ortiz (aided by Davis, communications director of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission) is a strong writer, but the avalanche of detail will confuse readers, and material such as the text of speeches and memos could have been included in an appendix. But Ortiz's determination to tell the truth in spite of ongoing threats and her own fear makes this book, despite its flaws, impossible to dismiss. Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.) Forecast: With the publication of Daniel Wilkinson's Silence on the Mountain: Stories of Terror, Betrayal and Forgetting in Guatemala on Sept. 26, there may be occasion for the media to focus on that country's tragic recent history. A six-city tour by Ortiz and a $30,000 promotion budget should help. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570755637
Publisher:
Orbis Books
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
445,080
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

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