A Secret for Julia: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - Fiction - 249 pages
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With the harrowing power of Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden comes a remarkable work of fiction. Winner of the prestigious Premio La Nacion Prize for Fiction in 2000, A Secret for Julia brilliantly depicts the lasting psychological attacks of Argentina's reign of repression and terror on a new, seemingly innocent generation. Set mainly in 1990s London, interlaced with vivid flashbacks to Buenos Aires, Patricia Sagastizabal's novel tells the emotionally wrenching story of Mercedes Beecher, an Argentinian writer living in self-imposed exile in London with her teenaged daughter, Julia. When a mysterious figures appears from her past, Mercedes must endure a new round of psychological terror and reveal herself to her inquisitive but embittered, daughter in a way that she never believed possible. A dramatic story of retribution and conscience, A Secret for Julia touches on many compelling themes: the politics of institutionalized and sanctioned cruelty; the wistfulness of a life lived in exile; the bonds of family, justice, and redemption.Much of A Secret for Julia reads like a personal diary, yet Sagastizabal propels it forward with elements of astonishing intrigue, drama, and terror. The savage murders and tortures that came to decimate an entire generation of Argentinian students and activists in the 1970s may remain--even twenty-five years later--so vivid and searing that they can be expressed only through the palette of fiction. In this way, Sagastizabal's novel represents the voice of the fallout from Argentina's so-called "dirty war," the voice of the next generation--Julia's generation. A Secret for Julia is a testament to the changing of the guard--an unforgettable, astounding novel for one simple reason: the reader is left with the lingering notion that it might be frighteningly close to the truth.
 

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A SECRET FOR JULIA

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This turgid psychological tale, winner of a major Latin American literary prize, dramatizes (just barely) the ordeal of an Argentinean woman living in 1990s London, after surviving imprisonment and ... Read full review

A secret for Julia: a novel

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Even as she battles with her teenaged daughter, Julia can't forget the torture she endured in her native Argentina especially when a stalker brings it back home. Winner of the prestigious Premio La Naci n. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
13
Section 2
19
Section 3
23
Section 4
32
Section 5
46
Section 6
50
Section 7
57
Section 8
61
Section 19
131
Section 20
140
Section 21
147
Section 22
154
Section 23
175
Section 24
188
Section 25
198
Section 26
208

Section 9
65
Section 10
69
Section 11
74
Section 12
78
Section 13
83
Section 14
87
Section 15
97
Section 16
105
Section 17
117
Section 18
122
Section 27
214
Section 28
219
Section 29
223
Section 30
230
Section 31
238
Section 32
241
Section 33
243
Section 34
247
Section 35
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About the author (2001)

Patricia Sagastizabal was born & lives in Buenos Aires. She is a playwright & the author of the novel "En Nombre de Dios". 010 .

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