A Lexicon of Terror

A Lexicon of Terror : Argentina and the Legacies of Torture

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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. In this text, Marguerite Feitlowitz 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.show more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 160.02 x 238.76 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 15 photographs, notes, bibliography, index
  • 0195106350
  • 9780195106350

About Marguerite Feitlowitz

Marguerite Feitlowitz teaches scholarly writing and literary translation at Harvard University. She lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.show more

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. Indexshow more

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