Senselessness
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Senselessness

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A boozing, sex-obsessed writer finds himself employed by the Catholic Church (an institution he loathes) to proofread a 1,100 page report on the army's massacre and torture of thousands of indigenous villagers a decade earlier, including the testimonies of the survivors. The writer's job is to tidy it up: he rants, "that was what my work was all about, cleaning up and giving a manicure to the Catholic hands that were piously getting ready to squeeze the balls of the military tiger." Mesmerized by the strange Vallejo-like poetry of the Indians' phrases ("the houses they were sad because no people were inside them"), the increasingly agitated and frightened writer is endangered twice over: by the spell the strangely beautiful heart-rending voices exert over his tenuous sanity, and by real danger--after all, the murderers are the very generals who still run this unnamed Latin American country.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 13mm | 180g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0811217078
  • 9780811217071
  • 145,647

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The only writer of my generation who knows how to narrate the horror, the secret Vietnam that Latin America was for a long time.--Roberto Bolaño, author of 2666 and By Night in Chile
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