The Crimes My Wife Suffered

Author Interview
Stuart Nagero Author Interview

Truth is Indestructible is an emotional memoir of the abuse your wife sustained at the hands of family, and your journey to help others in situations like hers with social reform. Why was this an important book for you to write?

I was stimulated to write the book because of two main challenges. First, the crimes my wife suffered were so horrible, indeed so evil, that I found it hard to express them in words. I have found that music, as a non-verbal language, can express what usually lies beyond articulation. But I sought nonetheless to search for language suitable to convey the evil of the events. The second challenge was the ongoing cover-up of the crimes: I was horrified that my wife’s extended family chose to brush the crimes under the rug, and I felt compelled to bring the truth out into the light of day.

I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest thing for you to write about?

I wanted to narrate the story without giving too many details of the crimes. I hint in the narrative at the nature of the attacks on my wife, but I decided against providing the awful details. Instead, I looked at the significance of the crimes and how they relate to concepts of justice, retribution and truth.

What advice would you give to others that are in a situation like your wife was in?

I would suggest focusing principally on the victim’s healing. The search for justice is very important, but protecting the victim from further trauma is – in my view – perhaps more important.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?

I hope the reader will take from the narrative the importance of protecting children, as prevention is certainly better than after-the-fact detection. Also, even in the bleakest of situations, one can always salvage something positive, if only bringing out hidden truths.

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A documentation of the author’s reactions to the disclosure by his wife, Vidhi, that she suffered a childhood in India of almost incessant abuse, and that her family covered up the crimes to save “social face”. Interwoven with chronological accounts of Vidhi’s experiences and her later recovery, the narrative tracks the search by Vidhi and the author for justice and accountability, the hostility they encountered, and the support they received from unexpected sources. The text also contains meditations on the nature of evil, the challenges of social reform, in India and around the world, and the consoling power of music when words fail to articulate the depths of depravity. Vidhi’s story is not hers alone. It is a story central to the human condition: countless silenced victims around the world inhabit a shadowy realm of lies and hidden crimes. Truth Is Indestructible suggests that a society can be secure only if it protects its children and demonstrates unequivocally that this protection is inseparable from the rule of law. And it offers reflections on the re-enchantment of a polluted world.

Stuart Nagero was born in the United Kingdom. He earned a doctorate from a British university and has worked in the United Nations system for more than two decades.

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