The book includes testimonies, personal narratives, photographs, poems, drawings, paintings, the history of Villa Grimaldi, and an essay about the relationship of aesthetics and terror. The book is divided into three chapters or Cantos. The chapters tell the history of how art and artists have been transformed.
For the book Quique interviewed seven artists from different disciplines—some living in Chile and others in the USA—who were imprisoned in Villa Grimaldi and that are now dealing with this experience in their art work.
The chapters are named after three metaphors:
* “Dreams / Sueños ” In this section artist discussed their inspiration and the type of are they were making before they were detained. It describes, also, the personal and social dreams that the artist had before they were at Villa Grimaldi.
* The second chapter, “Darkness and the body / La Obscuridad y el Cuerpo explores the notion of the body –naked and abused—which was at the center of the experience at Villa Grimaldi. Also people were also kept blindfolded at all times. The pain inflicted in the body sought to discipline the body of the Chilean society witch has gone to into a spiral of dictatorial darkness.
* The final chapter is called “After Fire, the Water / Después del Fuego, el Agua”
At the Center of “Parque de la paz” there is a large water fountain, as a symbol of cleansing the place from the terror. Also water was used as devised to torture people.
* The final chapter explores the idea that, in spite of the pain, damaged bodies, troubling nightmares, there is still the desire in these artists moved to a place of healing and light.
Essay on Aesthetics and Terror:
Ending the book will be an essay on the role of cultural memory and the nature of violence in the Chilean case. The essay also has a panoramic approach to the manner in which art and terror are related in this case.