A Hero's Curse: The Perpetual Liberation of Venezuela (Hardback)
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A Hero's Curse: The Perpetual Liberation of Venezuela (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 23/03/2017
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'A Hero's Curse' is the story of the modern Venezuelans whose lives have taken shape in the shadow of Simon Bolivar and his most passionate disciple, Comandante Hugo Chavez. For nearly two hundred years Venezuela's political leaders have evoked the legacy of their liberator, Bolivar, to stir popular support. While Bolivar's heroic struggle helped free a continent, his affinity for dictatorial rule spawned a vicious cycle of liberation and tyranny that has always haunted Venezuela. Since Chavez's death, the battle for Venezuela's future has intensified. Amidst a collapsing economy, escalating violence, and shortages of basic goods, there are increasing calls for a change of leadership. Rivals for power compete in demonstrating to the masses that they are the new, true, Venezuelan hero come to set them free.Kajsa Norman chronicles the rise and fall of Chavez and the tragic impact of Venezuela's 'heroic' politics on ordinary citizens. The stage is set for yet another turn in Venezuela's cycle of perpetual liberation, with a new generation of leaders clamouring for the title of national hero.

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781849047951
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Kajsa Norman has written a vivid, empathetic and deeply human portrayal of how Venezuela's Bolivarian dream turned into a nightmare. She blends individual stories into the wider narrative of how a revolution, and a country, stumble into a dark labyrinth. -- Rory Carroll, former Latin America correspondent for the Guardian, author of 'Comandante: Hugo Chavez's Venezuela'
In an era of surging global populism, Kajsa Norman reminds us that such politics are nothing new in Venezuela. Drawing on vivid and gripping personal narratives, Norman paints a cautionary tale of populist despotism. Norman reminds us that strongman politics have the power to destroy lives and tear nations apart. Essential reading on Venezuela and Latin America's historically complex relationship with democracy. -- Brian Klaas, Fellow at the London School of Economics & author of 'The Despot's Accomplice'
'Compelling and understandable for the general reader.' -- CHOICE, Highly Recommended

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