Synopses & Reviews
"Liliana Heker is one of the most remarkable voices of the Argentinean generation after Borges ... her fiction chronicles the small tragedies that take place within the vast tragedy of our history. A universal and indispensable writer." - Alberto Manguel
When Diana Glass witnesses Leonora's abduction from a street in Buenos Aires, she despairs that her friend has joined the ranks of los desaparaecidos, the missing ones. She begins to write the story of their friendship, but certain memories, details, and whispered allegations about Leonora's fate consistently intrude. Leonora was born to drink life down to the bottom of the glass. But, Diana wonders, is that necessarily a virtue?
Gripping, intelligent, and intricately structured, Liliana Heker's novel of an unstable revolutionary pasionaria has inflamed readers across Latin America. The End of the Story is a shocking study of the pyschology of torture, and a tragic portrait of Argentina's Dirty War.
"at times aggressive and vulgar, at others cool and analytical, at still others warmly sentimental"Belletrista
"page gripping, cringing, back-of-the-neck shivers"—Ploughshares
"This spectrum of emotion and thought furnishes the book with a literary richness and depth"—Three Percent
"At times aggressive and vulgar, at others cool and analytical, at still others warmly sentimental"Belletrista
"Page gripping, cringing, back-of-the-neck shivers"Ploughshares
The quintessential novel of Argentina's Dirty War (1976-83), from one of the country's most respected and controversial writers. English debut.
"Liliana Heker is one of the most remarkable voices of the Argentinean generation after Borges."—Alberto Manguel
The year is 1976. The protagonists are women, writers, guerilla fighters, friends. And as they move toward the most shocking reversal in Latin American literature, their story emerges as one of the great political narratives of the twentieth century—and The End of the Story as the definitive novel of Argentina's Dirty War. Available for the first time in English; translated by Andrea Labinger.
Liliana Heker is a Jewish Argentinean author and intellectual whose short fiction has been anthologized in over a dozen countries.
About the Author
Liliana Heker: Liliana Heker (1943-) is a Jewish-Argentinian author and intellectual, known for her outspoken protests against state violence during the Dirty War of 1976-83. At the time over 30,000 people were "disappeared" by the government, and while many writers and journalists fled the country to escape persecution, Heker remained, and argued the necessity of bearing witness to state atrocities.
Made famous at first by the public polemic she had with the great Argentine writer Julio Cortázar (then living in Paris), Heker's short fiction has since been anthologized in over a dozen countries. Her collected stories was released by Alfaguara in 2004. The End of the Story is her second novel to appear in English.
Andrea Labinger: Andrea Labinger, Professor of Spanish and Honors Director Emerita at the University of La Verne, received her PhD in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Harvard in 1981. She is the translator of over 30 works of fiction and creative non-fiction, and currently lives in California.