My review of Unsettling Accounts: Neither Truth nor Reconciliation in Confessions of State Violence is up over at PopMatters.
Once a torturer confesses to his acts, what is resolved? Can his victims forgive him or find relief? Can the families of dead victims gain anything resembling closure or justice? What responsibility or role should the state play in all of this?
Political Science professor Leigh A. Payne tries to answers these questions in her book Unsettling Accounts: Neither Truth Nor Reconciliation in Confessions of State Violence. Through television interviews, newspaper stories, books, and court testimony, Payne thoroughly examines perpetrator confessions of state-sponsored violence in the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and South Africa.