The Surrendered

The Surrendered

Reflections by a Son of Shining Path

by José Carlos Agüero

Edited by Michael J. Lazzara and Charles F. Walker

Published by: Duke University Press Books

152 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm, 6 illustrations

  • ISBN: 9781478011651
  • Published: March 2021


When Peruvian public intellectual José Carlos Agüero was a child, the government imprisoned and executed his parents, who were members of Shining Path. In The Surrendered—originally published in Spanish in 2015 and appearing here in English for the first time—Agüero reflects on his parents' militancy and the violence and aftermath of Peru's internal armed conflict. He examines his parents' radicalization, their lives as guerrillas, and his tumultuous childhood, which was spent in fear of being captured or killed, while grappling with the complexities of public memory, ethics and responsibility, human rights, and reconciliation. Much more than a memoir, The Surrendered is a disarming and moving consideration of what forgiveness and justice might mean in the face of hate. This edition includes an editors' introduction, a timeline of the Peruvian conflict, and an extensive interview with the author.