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 CrimesIn , 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 , 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 , 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
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.
- 212 pages
- Facing the Torturer
- François Bizot
- 02 July 2018 François Bizot