I was interviewed for “Dreams of the sea”, an award-winning reportage on Bolivia that was published in the Financial Times magazine. The piece has won the Bodley Head/FT essay prize, a competition that attracts hundreds of entries from writers around the world every year.
The credit for the quality of the piece goes all to the writer, Laurence Blair, who knows Chile and Bolivia well, having lived in both countries. The praise this piece received from historian Simon Schama (one of the competition judges) for its “deep sensitivity to the wounds of national sentiment” is well-deserved indeed. This is a valuable perspective in the analysis of international affairs, and is often missing in news reporting. The author’s own reflection concerning Bolivia’s sorrow for its lost coastline lingers in the mind: is international law equipped — or should it be — to deal with complex historical grievances?