José Carlos Agüero, Author & Charles Walker, University of California, Davis; Visiting Research Scholar, History, Princeton University
November 9, 2021 · 5:00 pm—6:30 pm · Zoom
Program in Latin American Studies
The legacies of Peru’s “internal armed conflict” (1980–2000) between Maoist Shining Path insurgents and the government continue to haunt the country’s present. Among the many recent efforts to grapple with that past, José Carlos Agüero’s The Surrendered – a bestseller in Peru when it first appeared in 2015 – is one of the most thought-provoking. The son of two Shining Path militants, Agüero reflects on his parents’ militancy in a fragmented, moving, and at times lyrical memoir, newly translated into English by Charles Walker and Michael Lazzara. At this event, the author and Prof. Walker will be in conversation, followed by comments from Princeton political scientist Deborah Yashar and the New York-based Peruvian historian Renzo Aroni.