A new book by Orin Storn and Miguel La Serna notes that from 1980 to 1992 Lima, Peru's capital, was "under siege" from a brutal revolutionary movement which modelled itself on "Mao, Pol Pot and Enver Hoxha."
The movement was called Sendero Lumismo (Shining Path) and its leader was Abimael Guzman. He is the "illegitimate son of a womanising sugar plantation manager." He'd written a dissertation on Kant and had been philosophy professor at San Cristobal University in the remote Andean city of Ayacucho.
Shining Path's genocidal campaign came to an end on 12 September 1992 when Guzman was captured above a ballet show in LIma. It was "just as his movement seemed poised to take over the capital."
Since 1992 Guzman has been allowed no visitors to his naval prison cell except once a year from his wife and a weekly visit from his lawyer, Alfredo Crespo.
The book costs £19.99, is published by Norton and is called THE SHINING PATH: LOVE, MADNESS AND REVOLUTION IN THE ANDES. Give it a read.