About the author

César Tort, the author of the book Hojas Susurrantes (“Whispering Leaves”) was born in 1958 in Mexico City. The eldest of artist parents, his original vocation was to become a movie director. His plans were shattered due to devastating abuse in his adolescence coming from the same parents who had instilled his artistic sensitivities.

With Whispering Leaves, a work of a quarter of a century, Tort presents a multifaceted work. It recounts not only a heartbreaking tale at the beginning and the end of the volume: the runaway abuse that nearly destroyed his young mind. Whispering Leaves also contains a searing exposé of so-called mental health professions which tend to side with the abusive parents, thus re-victimizing the child who already was a victim of such parents.

The book also contains a lengthy introduction to the thinking of the most relevant theorists on child abuse: Alice Miller and Lloyd deMause, and includes a psychohistorical section that aims to explain the unconscious motives of child sacrifice in Mesoamerica. All this thematic, including the criticism of psychiatry and the criticism of the anti-Western anthropology of our times, is always interwoven with a new literary genre, the total autobiography: a narrative of the murder of a soul.

“I finished reading your book. It’s so shocking and disturbing at times that I had to leave the reading because of the sadness and pain that I felt. It made me think and once I got to stop and cried because I was about to wet the leaves…”
………….—Paulina C. Moctezuma


2 comments on “About the author

  1. rsc says:


    Just came across your blog (after a google search of szasz and child abuse, prompted by my shared disdain for his outright avoidance of the issue, though outspoken against psychiatric abuse) and enjoy what I have read so far. I wanted to ask if their exists an English translation of your book Hojas Susurrantes? I do speak a considerable amount of Spanish and so might still try to obtain a copy, if not. My email should be attached to this post. Thanks.

  2. Chechar says:

    Hi RSC,

    Only a chapter of my book has been properly published in English, precisely the non-confessional stuff where I merely transmit the basics of the trauma model of mental disorders. Cheers.

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