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"We were all out in la charca, and there they were, coming over the ridge, a battalion ready for war, against a schoolhut full of children." Tanks roaring over farmlands, pregnant mothers tortured, their babies stolen and sold on the black market, homes raided in the dead of night, ordinary citizens kidnapped and never seen again--such were the horrors of Argentina's Dirty War. Now, in A Lexicon of Terror, Marguerite Feitlowitz fully exposes the nightmare of sadism, paranoia, and deception the military dictatorship unleashed on the Argentine people, a nightmare that would claim over 30,000 civilians from 1976 to 1983 and whose leaders were recently issued warrants by a Spanish court for the crime of genocide. Feitlowitz explores the perversion of language under state terrorism, both as it's used to conceal and confuse ("The Parliament must be disbanded to rejuvenate democracy") and to domesticate torture and murder. Thus, citizens kidnapped and held in secret concentration camps were "disappeared"; torture was referred to as "intensive therapy"; prisoners thrown alive from airplanes over the ocean were called "fish food." Based on six years of research and moving interviews with peasants, intellectuals, activists, and bystanders, A Lexicon of Terror examines the full impact of this catastrophic period from its inception to the present, in which former torturers, having been pardoned and released from prison, live side by side with those they tortured.

Passionately written and impossible to put down, Feitlowitz shows us both the horror of the war and the heroism of those who resisted and survived--their courage, their endurance, their eloquent refusal to be dehumanized in the face of torments even Dante could not have imagined.

About the Author

Marguerite Feitlowitz taught writing and literary translation at Harvard University from 1993-1999. Her many awards include two Fulbright Fellowships to Argentina and a Mary Ingram Bunting Fellowship in Nonfiction. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Gentlemen's Coup

1. A Lexicon of Terror

2. Night and Fog

3. "Life Here Is Normal"

4. The Land of Mourneth

5. The House of the Blind

6. "The Scilingo Effect" The Past Is a Predator

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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rfresh, February 8, 2010 (view all comments by rfresh)
An expansive view of Argentina's dirty war, Lexicon of Terror provides the reader with a look at the unpunished crimes committed during the junta's rule. From urban kidnappings, rural issues of the period and torture as carried out in secret camps, you get a powerful snapshot of this dark section of Latin American history. If you don't know much about the Dirty War, this is as good a place to start as any.
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rfresh, February 8, 2010 (view all comments by rfresh)
An expansive view of Argentina's dirty war, Lexicon of Terror provides the reader with a look at the unpunished crimes committed during the junta's rule. From urban kidnappings, rural issues of the period and torture as carried out in secret camps, you get a powerful snapshot of this dark section of Latin American history. If you don't know much about the Dirty War, this is as good a place to start as any.
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ISBN:
9780195134162
Subtitle:
Argentina and the Legacies of Torture
Author:
Feitlowitz, Marguerite
Author:
null, Marguerite
Author:
Feitlowitz, Marguerite
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
South America
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Politics | Comparative Politics | Latin America
Subject:
Politics | Compara
Subject:
tive Politics | Latin America
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Oxford Pbk.
Series Volume:
103-200
Publication Date:
19991007
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 figures
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.90x5.25x.61 in. .60 lbs.

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