Pluto Press, £11.50
Book review: Salvador Allende: Revolutionary Democrat, By Victor Figueroa Clark
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Friday 20 September 2013
This eloquent, pithy political biography of the doomed Chilean president ousted by General Pinochet's coup of 1973 (but only at the point of death – he took his own life over surrendering) recounts his life, his unique, benevolent brand of Marxism and his enduring political legacy.
Clark, a LSE academic, writes with clarity and breadth about a revolutionary figure, from his last dramatic moments backwards, to unravel an exceptional life. A book that is as moving as enlightening.
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