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The 1970s student generation now in power assumed that Pinochet was a synonym for infamy. They had to think again

By Michael Ignatieff   December 1998

It is a saga worthy of a novelist like Gabriel Garc?­a Marquez: the sick tyrant in the autumn of his years, checking into a London clinic only to find himself under arrest in his hospital bed; and the families of his victims crying for justice beneath his window. There is much to savour in this story, for the tyrant made the kind of human mistake we usually find in novels. He was not satisfied to have held power and done bloody deeds; he was not content with escaping the judgement of his people and the revenge of his enemies. All…

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