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Publisher Comments:

"A mesmerizing, prophetic tour de force of investigative journalism exposing the pervasive thuggishness of the Argentine military elite. A chilling, lucid work, beautifully translated by Gitlin, which serves as a great example of journalistic integrity."—Kirkus Starred Review

“...brave, committed, dangerous journalism with more than a hint of polemic. It is also frighteningly human.”—Times of London

1956. Argentina has just lost its charismatic president Juán Perón in a military coup, and terror reigns across the land. June 1956: eighteen people are reported dead in a failed Peronist uprising. December 1956: sometime journalist, crime fiction writer, studiedly unpoliticized chess aficionado Rodolfo Walsh learns by chance that one of the executed civilians from a separate, secret execution in June, is alive. He hears that there may be more than one survivor and believes this unbelievable story on the spot. And right there, the monumental classic Operation Massacre is born.

Walsh made it his mission to find not only the survivors but widows, orphans, political refugees, fugitives, alleged informers, and anonymous heroes, in order to determine what happened that night, sending him on a journey that took over the rest of his life.

Originally published in 1957, Operation Massacre thoroughly and breathlessly recounts the night of the execution and its fallout.

Review:

"This captivating and clear-eyed book, a true crime narrative first published in Spanish in 1957 and fluently translated here by Gitlin, is Argentinian political journalist Walsh's account of 'the execution, on June 9, 1956, of five men suspected of participating in a failed coup against the military government designed to return Péron to power.' Walsh opens with his experience that night, when he came home to find government forces using his house as a point of defense against Péron supporters. In December 1956, a rumor that one of the men believed to be executed might be alive inspires Walsh's year-long investigation, which turns up survivors of the secret executions, the circumstances that led to the illegal executions, and the failures of the justice system. Walsh provides a moment-by-moment account and reveals as much as he can about the survivors and those who were executed. The reason for such precision becomes clear as events unfold. In addition to the introduction by Michael Greenberg and afterword by Ricardo Piglia, the book's helpful appendices include prologues and epilogues from previous editions, as well as the 'Open Letter from a Writer to the Military Junta,' which Walsh delivered to local and foreign press correspondents on March 24, 1977, a day before he was kidnapped, never to be seen again. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Synopsis:

“Finally, this classic of Latin American literature is available in English! Walsh not only exposes a terrible crime with precise and haunting prose, but establishes, many years before Capote and Mailer,  a whole new genre of personal investigative  journalism that transcends its immediate circumstances.”

—Ariel Dorfman

Buenos Aires, 1956. Argentina has just lost its charasmatic president Juan Peron in a military coup, and terror reigns across the land. June 1956: eighteen people are reported dead in a "secret" execution, a failed uprising. December 1956: high school dropout, sometime journalist, detective story writer, studiedly unpoliticized chess aficionado Rodolfo Walsh learns by chance that one of the executed civilians is alive.  He hears that there may be more than one survivor. Walsh hears an unbelievable story and believes it on the spot. And right there, the monumental classic Operation Massacre is born.

Walsh made it his mission to find not only the survivors but widows, orphans, conspirators, political refugees, fugitives, alleged informers, and anonymous heroes, in order to find out what happened that night, sending him on a journey that took over the rest of his life.

Originally published in 1957, Operation Massacre thoroughly and breathlessly recounts the night of the execution and its fallout.

About the Author

The grandson of Irish immigrants, Rodolfo Walsh was born in a small Patagonian town in 1927. He dropped out of high school in Buenos Aires and eventually began writing crime fiction before publishing his monumental work of nonfiction, Operación Masacre, in 1957. He traveled to Cuba in the midst of the revolution and launched a newspaper with Gabriel García Márquez, among others. Upon his return to Argentina in 1961 he was shunned by the journalistic community for his connections to the Cuban Revolution. In 1972, Walsh updated Operación Masacre for the fourth and final time before joining the radical Peronist group, the Montoneros, the following year. A day after submitting his now famous 1977 "Open Letter from a Writer to the Military Junta," Walsh was "disappeared" by the state.

Table of Contents

c o n t e n t s

Introduction xiii

Translator’s Note xxiii

Prologue 1

part one: the people 9

1. Carranza 11

2. Garibotti 14

3. Mr. Horacio 17

4. Giunta 20

5. Díaz: Two Snapshots 21

6. Lizaso 22

7. Warnings and Premonitions 24

8. Gavino 25

9. Explanations in an Embassy 26

10. Mario 28

11. “The Executed Man Who Lives” 30

12.“I’m Going to Work . . .” 32

13. The Unknowns 34

part two: the events 37

14. Where is Tanco? 39

15. Valle’s Rebellion 43

16. “Watch Out, They Could Execute You . . .” 47

17. “Cheer Up” 50

18. Calm and Confident 53

19. Make No Mistake . . . 55

20. Execute Them! 59

21. He Felt He was Committing a Sin . . . 60

22. The End of the Journey 65

23. The Slaughter 67

24. Time Stands Still 70

25. The End of a Long Night 73

26. The Ministry of Fear 77

27. An Image in the Night 79

28. “They’re Taking You Away” 82

29. A Dead Man Seeks Asylum 86

30. The Telegram Guerrilla 92

31. The Rest is Silence . . . 96

part three: the evidence 101

32. The Ghosts 103

33. Fernández Suárez Confesses 106

34. The Livraga File 110

35. Blind Justice 141

36. Epilogue 146

37. Aramburu and the Historical Trial 148

appendices 153

Prologue to the Book Edition (from the first edition, July 1957)

Introduction (to the first edition, March 1957) 157

Obligatory Appendix (to the first edition, March 1957) 165

Provisional Epilogue (from the first edition, July 1957) 183

Epilogue (from the second edition, 1964) 187

Portrait of the Dominant Oligarchy (end of the epilogue to the third edition, 1969) 191

Operation in the Movies 193

Open Letter from a Writer to the Military Junta 197

Notes 211

Glossary 217

Afterword 221

About the Author 231

About the Translator 233

About Seven Stories Press 235

Product Details

ISBN:
9781609805135
Author:
Walsh, Rodolfo
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Author:
Greenberg, Michael
Author:
Piglia, Ricardo
Author:
Gitlin, Daniella
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Subject:
South America
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
252
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.74 in 0.68 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Crime » True Crime
History and Social Science » Journalism » Reference
History and Social Science » Latin America » Argentina
History and Social Science » World History » Latin America
History and Social Science » World History » South America

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This captivating and clear-eyed book, a true crime narrative first published in Spanish in 1957 and fluently translated here by Gitlin, is Argentinian political journalist Walsh's account of 'the execution, on June 9, 1956, of five men suspected of participating in a failed coup against the military government designed to return Péron to power.' Walsh opens with his experience that night, when he came home to find government forces using his house as a point of defense against Péron supporters. In December 1956, a rumor that one of the men believed to be executed might be alive inspires Walsh's year-long investigation, which turns up survivors of the secret executions, the circumstances that led to the illegal executions, and the failures of the justice system. Walsh provides a moment-by-moment account and reveals as much as he can about the survivors and those who were executed. The reason for such precision becomes clear as events unfold. In addition to the introduction by Michael Greenberg and afterword by Ricardo Piglia, the book's helpful appendices include prologues and epilogues from previous editions, as well as the 'Open Letter from a Writer to the Military Junta,' which Walsh delivered to local and foreign press correspondents on March 24, 1977, a day before he was kidnapped, never to be seen again. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , “Finally, this classic of Latin American literature is available in English! Walsh not only exposes a terrible crime with precise and haunting prose, but establishes, many years before Capote and Mailer,  a whole new genre of personal investigative  journalism that transcends its immediate circumstances.”

—Ariel Dorfman

Buenos Aires, 1956. Argentina has just lost its charasmatic president Juan Peron in a military coup, and terror reigns across the land. June 1956: eighteen people are reported dead in a "secret" execution, a failed uprising. December 1956: high school dropout, sometime journalist, detective story writer, studiedly unpoliticized chess aficionado Rodolfo Walsh learns by chance that one of the executed civilians is alive.  He hears that there may be more than one survivor. Walsh hears an unbelievable story and believes it on the spot. And right there, the monumental classic Operation Massacre is born.

Walsh made it his mission to find not only the survivors but widows, orphans, conspirators, political refugees, fugitives, alleged informers, and anonymous heroes, in order to find out what happened that night, sending him on a journey that took over the rest of his life.

Originally published in 1957, Operation Massacre thoroughly and breathlessly recounts the night of the execution and its fallout.

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