Being Luis: A Chilean Life

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Impress Books Limited, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 254 pages
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Luis Muqoz is one of the few survivors of torture under Pinochet's military regime. His autobiography is a story of love, life, death and survival, recounting Chilean history from the 1960s to the present. It charts his magical, but at times harsh childhood, his undercover activity as a left-wing activist, his arrest and torture by the military regime and his eventual exile to England. John McCarthy CBE praised Being Luis saying, "This is a wonderful and important book; tragic, funny, pathetic and brave, all the very best and worst of human nature."
 

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I am still under the shock. Those real events are written in a simple, genuine way and the whole story come alive in your head. To such an extend that I had to stop reading sometimes to breathe again!! At last, someone doesn't try to make an artificial effect and end the book with a philosophical phrase, "letting the end to the reader's imagination". The ending is matter of fact and very satisfactory whether you like it or not.
Maybe because I am about the same age as the author, I was always seeing where I was at the time Luis Munoz was going through "difficult" times. His story puts everything in perspective and books like his make me less fussy, less moody, easier going, more tolerant and understanding. It also confirms my opinion of the Church or any religions.
I wish I could write to him to clarify just a few points of his story. Very inspiring anyway and certainly worth a film. The American film "Missing" gives a hint of what happened in Chile in the 70's, Munoz, a chronicle.
 

Contents

Coup
1
Family
7
Love and politics
24
Arming the resistance
49
Desert
78
Stalking the CIA
89
Chaos
98
Maria Cristina
102
Diana Aron and Anita Maria
135
Sweet voices singing
150
Tres Alamos
157
Puchuncaví
176
In exile
197
Primal therapy
204
Facing my demons
208
Rebirthing
248

Captured
113
Villa Grimaldi
122
Postscript
253
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Luis Muñoz received an M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and Ph.D. degree in telecommunications engineering, both from the Polytechnical University of Cataluña. Muñoz is an associate professor at the University of Cantabria. He has more than 30 international publications in topics related to wireless networks and he is responsible, among others, for several EU funded projects related to wireless IP technologies.

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