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A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture (Oxford Worlds Classics)
A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture (Oxford Worlds Classics) Marguerite Feitlowitz 0195134168 9780195134162 We were all out in la charca, and there they were, coming over the ridge, a battalion ready for war, against a schoolhu
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A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture (Oxford Worlds Classics) by Marguerite Feitlowitz

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, ordinarycitizens kidnapped and never seen again--such were the horrors of Argentinas Dirty War. Now, in A Lexicon of Terror, Marguerite Feitlowitz fully exposes the nightmare of sadism, paranoia, and deception the military dictatorship unleashed on the Argentine people, a nightmare that would claimover 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 its used to conceal and confuse (The Parliament must be disbanded to rejuvenatedemocracy) and to domesticate torture and murder. Thus, citizens kidnapped and held in secret concentration camps were disappeared; torture was referred to as intensive therapy; prisoners thrown alive from airplanes over the ocean were called fish food. Based on six years of research andmoving interviews with peasants, intellectuals, activists, and bystanders, A Lexicon of Terror examines the full impact of this catastrophic period from its inception to the present, in which former torturers, having been pardoned and released from prison, live side by side with those they tortured. Passionately written and impossible to put down, Feitlowitz shows us both the horror of the war and the heroism of those who resisted and survived--their courage, their endurance, their eloquent refusal to be dehumanized in the face of torments even Dante could not have imagined.

Author: Marguerite Feitlowitz

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 1999-10-07

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