A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture, Revised and Updated with a New Epilogue

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Oxford University Press, Jan 1, 2011 - History - 416 pages
Tanks roaring over farmlands, pregnant women tortured, 30,000 individuals "disappeared"--these were the horrors of Argentina's Dirty War. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Finalist for the L.L. Winship / PEN New England Award in 1998, A Lexicon of Terror is a sensitive and unflinching account of the sadism, paranoia, and deception the military junta unleashed on the Argentine people from 1976 to 1983. This updated edition features a new epilogue that chronicles major political, legal, and social developments in Argentina since the book's initial publication. It also continues the stories of the individuals involved in the Dirty War, including the torturers, kidnappers and murderers formerly granted immunity under now dissolved amnesty laws. Additionally, Feitlowitz discusses investigations launched in the intervening years that have indicated that the network of torture centers, concentration camps, and other operations responsible for the "desaparecidas" was more widespread than previously thought. A Lexicon of Terror vividly evokes this shocking era and tells of the long-lasting effects it has left on the Argentine culture.

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Feitlowitz details and personalizes Argentina's post-Peron "dirty war" (1978–83), wherein the government systematically persecuted political enemies real and imagined. Wrenching words of ... Read full review

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During the past few years, many volumes have been written about the difficult period in Argentina's recent history called the "Dirty War." During that period of military dictatorship between 1976 and ... Read full review


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A Lexicon of Terror
2 Night and Fog
3 Life Here Is Normal
4 The Land Mourneth
5 The House of the Blind
6 The Scilingo Effect The Past Is a Predator
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Marguerite Feitlowitz is Professor of Literature at Bennington College. Her many awards include two Fulbright Fellowships to Argentina and a Mary Ingram Bunting Fellowship in Nonfiction.

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