Author Francisco Goldman will discuss his 2007 nonfiction book, “The Art of Political Murder,” about the 1998 killing of Guatemalan Bishop Juan Gerardi just two days after he released an extensive, church-sponsored report that implicated the army in many of the 250,000 civilian deaths during the country’s 36-year civil war.
It’s a real-life whodunit, with Goldman going inside the group of young lawyers and investigators who are putting their lives on the line to investigate a murder that the government insists was a crime of passion. In the end, for the first time in Guatemalan history, military officers were convicted for participating in a state-sponsored extrajudicial execution.
Soon to be a documentary series narrated by George Clooney, the book unravels a case that has been central to Guatemala’s 20-year struggle against state corruption and impunity, and in his talk Goldman will carry the story to the present day.
Sponsored by the Kellogg Institute.
Originally published at conductorshare.nd.edu.