Carroll book looks at Hugo Chávez: The lord of misrule
Rory Carroll’s clinical assessment of Hugo Chávez’s legacy is both an indictment of the comandante and a love letter to Venezuela
In January 1999, shortly after Hugo Chávez was elected Venezuela’s president, he met Gabriel García Márquez. The encounter with Chávez left the Colombian writer intrigued. In an article published shortly after their meeting, García Márquez wrote that, in Chávez, he met two men. One was a man who might just save his country; the other “an illusionist, who could pass into the history books as just another despot”.
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