Facing the Torturer



The Author Of The Acclaimed Memoir The Gate Now Gives Us A Mesmerizing Account Of His Personal Relationship With One Of The Most Infamous Torturers Of The Twentieth Century, And Of His Transformative Experience Observing And Participating In The Torturer S Recent Trial For War Crimes.In 1999, The Media Reported The Arrest Of Duch, Aka The Butcher Of Tuol Sleng The Most Notorious Torturer And Executioner Of The Cambodian Genocide Duch S Unexpected Arrest After Years In Hiding Presented Fran Ois Bizot With His First Opportunity To Confront The Man Who D Held Him Captive For Three Months In 1973, And Whose Strange Sense Of Justice Had Resulted In Bizot S Being The Only Westerner To Survive Imprisonment By The Khmer Rouge Only After His Release Had Bizot Learned That His Former Captor And, In A Way, His Only Companion In Those Three Months Had Gone On To Exterminate Than 10,000 Cambodians Taking Part In The Trial As A Witness, With Duch The Sole Defendant, Would Force Bizot To Return To The Heart Of Darkness This Is The Testimony Of What He Discovered About The Torturer And About Himself On That Harrowing Journey.Facing the Torturer

Fran ois Bizot is the only Westerner to have survived imprisonment by the Khmer Rouge.Bizot arrived in Cambodia in 1965 to study Buddhism practiced in the countryside He traveled extensively around Cambodia, researching the history and customs of its dominant religion He speaks fluent Khmer, French and English and was married to a Cambodian with whom he had a daughter, H l ne, in 1968 When the Fran ois Bizot is the only Westerner to have survived imprisonment by the Khmer Rouge.Bizot arrived in Cambodia in 1965 to study Buddhism practiced in the countryside He traveled extensively around Cambodia, researching the history and customs of its dominant religion He speaks fluent Khmer, French and English and was married to a Cambodian with whom he had a daughter, H l ne, in 1968 When the Vietnam War spilled into Cambodia, Bizot was employed at the Angkor Conservation Office, restoring ceramics and bronzes.Bizot, at first, welcomed the American intervention in Cambodia, hoping that they might counter the rising influence of the Communists But their irresponsibility, the inexcusable naivete, even their cynicism, frequently arousedfury and outrage in me than did the lies of the Communists Throughout those years of war, as I frantically scoured the hinterland for the old manuscripts that the heads of monasteries had secreted in lacquered chests, I witnessed the Americans imperviousness to the realities of Cambodia, wrote Bizot in his memoirs of the time

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  • Hardcover
  • 212 pages
  • Facing the Torturer
  • François Bizot
  • English
  • 04 September 2018
  • 0307273504

10 thoughts on “Facing the Torturer

  1. says:

    I like the author s digression into scientific based thoughts of where man s natural cruelty could have possibly originated The author shares a sensitivity of self that makes the bookthan a factual account of events, but a book that encourages one to think about my own human nature with all its flaws, but only after having first examined himself so intelligently and thoughtfully He seems as an architect of where the human race should choose to evolve Where should or can we evolve It is I like the author s digression into scientific based thoughts of where man s natural cruelty could have possibly originated The author shares a sensitivity of self that makes the bookthan a factual account of events, but a book that encourages one to think about my own human nature with all its flaws, but only after having first examined himself so intelligently and thoughtfully He seems as an architect of where the human race should choose to evolve Where should or can we evolve It is not always an easy read as the book seems to meander along make ongoing similar points Anyway, I was in Cambodia when I bought this book at the airport I am hoping to find out a similar truth that Bizot explored with his life, that of what makes humans so absurdly bad pg82 update This book reads like a diary almost I d...

  2. says:

    Reviewed for the Portland Book Review It s not uncommon to see portrayals or stories of torture on news and TV programs, but an examination or reflection on torture israre The topic is either viewed as a bygone consideration or a foregone conclusion due to exceptional historical circumstances or solitary people, yet Francois Bizot has written Facing the Torturer to call to mind the very near, human missteps and configurations that underpin torture Bizot describes that while imprisoned b Reviewed for the Portland Book Review It s not unc...

  3. says:

    The Khmer Rouge triumph was a milestone in the life of this nation, for it was not just many human lives that were annihilated, but also the heart of the subtle mechanics of intimacy.This is Bizot s reflection following his testimony at the torture and genocide trial of Duch, the man who led the torture and murder of some 17,000 or so Cambodian people, most famously in the S21 prison, of which there were only 7 survivors Another one of Duch s few sur...

  4. says:

    bizot is famous for his insightful historical and philosophical wrtings, he being a master of explicating very complicated human thoughts and actions in understandable prose also, he made a big splash when after being captured and help pow by khmer rouge he wrote aobut his expericnese in the camp and with his captor in this most excellent book The Gateso this book here is a continuation of that ordeal, as he attends and testifies at the trials of khmer crimes against humanity.so he revisits mor bizot is famous for his insightful historical and philosophical wrtings, he being a master of explicating very complicated human thoughts and actions in understandable prose also, he made a big splash when after being captured and help pow by khmer rouge he wr...

  5. says:

    I loved this book There are so many books from the perspective of prisoners of war, however this was like no other This looked at things from a really compelling point of view There were many questions asked regarding humanity that I d never thought of and sparked many thoughts within me This ...

  6. says:

    When we prosecute crimes against humanity , should we indict humanity or insist on masking the accused as an inhuman monster, separate from ourselves The question has not let Bizot go for 50 years.

  7. says:

    Helps if you ve read the previous books of his, especially The Gate Tries to get to the heart of why Duch does what he did but generally struggles to offer much insight.

  8. says:

    I have to say that I wasn t really impressed by this book The author had some great details and unique perspectives, but he was very repetitive Much of the book was confusing because some of the things he wrote about seemed contradicto...

  9. says:

    This is a difficult read, for many reasons Subject matter, structure, that it s although very well translated from the original French It s weighty and tangled It s as much a reflection on philosophy as memoir and not at all a memoir in the traditional sense I actually read it twice through, immediately, and that helped not all of it made sense to me until I d read further and not all of it made sense to me completely, at all There isn t a point to point timeline here, and monumental This is a difficult read, for many reasons Subject matter, structure, that it s although very well translated from the o...

  10. says:

    Contrepoint de Le Portail, l occasion du proc s de Douch, bourreau khmer rouge et responsable de plus de 15000 morts la prison S21 de Phnom Penh Fran ois Bizot se repenche sur ses souvenirs et sa relation de prisonnier ge lier avec Douch qui l a lib r apr s 3 mois de d tention dans un camp en pleine for t en 1971, convaincu de son innocence La terreur est toujours l Dans la lign e de Hannah Arendt, Fran ois Bizot met en lumi re l humanit du monstre, ce titre beaucoup plus effrayant Contrepoint de Le Portail, l occasion du proc s de Douch, bourreau khmer rouge et responsable de plus de 15000 morts la prison S21 de Phnom Penh Fran ois Bizot se repenche sur ses souvenirs et sa relation de prisonnier ge lier avec Douch qui l a lib r apr s 3 mois de d tention dans un camp en pleine for t en 1971, convaincu de son innocence La terreur est toujours l Dans la lign e de Hannah Arendt, Fran ois Bizot met en lumi re l humanit du monstre, ce titre beaucoup plus effrayant que si l on le juge en dehors de la communaut humaine en raison des actes qu il a accomplis par devoir et conviction r volutionnaire si ce n est par go t, ...

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