This weekend sees the publication of Alan García’s memoirs, entitled – significantly for a man who saw himself towering above lesser mortals – as ‘metamemorias’. As is to be expected, it is a rebuttal of many of the accusations that have been launched against him over the years. He was working on this when he took his own life last April in order not to be arrested by the police on allegations of meta-corruption.

García proved himself hugely capable in avoiding the investigations into allegations of corruption, both in his first term in office (1985-1990) and his second (2006-11). He was the subject of various attempts to prove his guilt, most recently during the Humala administration, but which for various reasons (notably help from his supporters in the judiciary) failed to nail him down.

It seems almost certain that García during his second government received illicit funding from Odebrecht. Luis Nava, his personal secretary and close collaborator, said as much last month, relating how cash payments were given to him by Odebrecht bundled up in lunch boxes.

García’s own personal wealth was difficult to explain simply by his earnings as a politician, even one on the lucrative conference speaker circuit.

The book is published by Planeta.