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Timote (Americas)by Jose Pablo Feinmann
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This much is fact: at noon on May 29, 1970, Argentinean general and former president Pablo Eugenio Aramburu was abducted from his Buenos Aires apartment by the Montoneros, an urban guerilla group that supported the regime—and return—of exiled leader Juan Perón. Only after a month-long search was it discovered that the Montoneros had executed Aramburu three days after kidnapping him, leaving his corpse to rot inside a farmhouse in the remote hamlet of Timote.
José Pablo Feinmanns brilliant fictionalization of this momentous event in Argentine history raises as many questions as it answers, about issues of ongoing global concern: nationalism, fundamentalism, terrorism, torture. Imagining the abduction, interrogation, and murder as a series of gripping dialogues between the captor Fernando and the captive general, Feinmann delivers readers deep into the psyches of warring ideological factions. Who are the Montoneros, who claim to represent an injured people? Who are Perón and his idolized late wife, who claimed to love their country? Who is Aramburu, who claims to protect democracy? Combining adroit political analysis with true-life characters, Timote illuminates for English-language readers a dark episode of history and a darker side of the human mind
"The historically decisive kidnapping and assassination by young leftist rebels of Argentina's former right-wing president, Pedro Eugenio Aramburu, vividly unfolds in this rich fictionalization from Ar-gentine author and intellectual Feinmann. In 1970, the Montoneros, a small group of idealistic dissi-dents, kidnapped the aging Aramburu and held him in the remote village of Timote where they subjected him to a mock trial for his past political killings and repression. Ironically, the guerrilla ring-leader, Fernando Medina, is reproducing the very acts for which they indict Aramburu: murder for the sake of ideology and political gain. Both sow the seeds of their own downfall through acts of political malfeasance; they play their roles in this bleak and tragic political theater naively believing in their own historical immunity and the just necessity of their action. This misguided and supercilious attitude yields to an inevitable cycle of violence, political theater, and a moral ambiguity that renders all participants equally guilty and sympathetic. Focusing on the underlying psychological and ideological tenets, Feinmann utilizes this dramatic premise to highlight the dark absurdity and hypocrisy of senseless political violence. Interweaving fact and conjecture, Feinmann interrogates the psyches of his characters, illuminating themes of justice, revenge, revolution, and ideology. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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