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77 The second novel from Saccomanno in English translation is a much tamer affair than the comic take on Dante s Inferno, the exuberant monster Gesell Dome A snapshot of the seventies inside the Argentine Videla regime, the terror tickled lead G mez relates tales of past acquaintances, among them two young revolutionaries, an OAP skirt chaser, a macho muchacho cop lover, and a neighbour into hair burning occult practices, while relating his own erotic adventures in the realm of nubile youths An i The second novel from Saccomanno in English translation is a much tamer affair than the comic take on Dante s Inferno, the exuberant monster Gesell Dome A snapshot of the seventies inside the Argentine Videla regime, the terror tickled lead G mez relates tales of past acquaintances, among them two young revolutionaries, an OAP skirt chaser, a macho muchacho cop lover, and a neighbour into hair burning occult practices, while relating his own erotic adventures in the realm of nubile youths An inventive, pensive, and comic series of scenes and remembrances, the novel evokes the quotidian terror experienced when living under a corrupt and violent regime As Western democracy arseplummets into the new autocracy, with post Brexit UK the first banana republic sans the bananas , these sorts of novels are astute reminders of things we already know, and have no power to change Argentina nh ng n m 70 l n x n v y b t tr c, cu n s ch k v b c tranh x h i c a Argentina d i g c nh n c a m t gi o s ng t nh, y h n lo n, nh ng ng ph i tranh gi nh quy n l c, qu n i b t l c, ng i d n s ng trong s hoang mang, c r t th v v r t l , ta ch a bao gi c nh n Argentina d i g c nh n k l v y b t an nh th. It s after 1 a.m., I m tired, and so my words will have to wait except for this one of the best books I ve read this year.More to come. Well this is my second novel with Guillermo Saccomanno as the author after I started reading his monumental epic Gesell Dome this autumn And while I did not find time enough to finish this earlier work I happened to pick up this one this month This was one of the new releases by Open Letter publisher this year The plot and the narrative structure in this book is wholly different than the earlier novel While the previous novel was like a raging sea of souls, tenuous and disenchanted, sinking Well this is my second novel with Guillermo Saccomanno as the author after I started reading his monumental epic Gesell Dome this autumn And while I did not find time enough to finish this earlier work I happened to pick up this one this month This was one of the new releases by Open Letter publisher this year The plot and the narrative structure in this book is wholly different than the earlier novel While the previous novel was like a raging sea of souls, tenuous and disenchanted, sinking into the mortal quagmire of reflections of their reeking souls, tenebrous and culpable , this one novel is indeed a savage indictment of a totalitarian regime, told in hallucinatory prose from the pen of a writer who has a penchant for a style that is wholly original and inventive In all versimilitude, this novel tells the story of a Buenos Aires in 1977, in the darkest days of the Videla dictatorship The story is told through flashbacks and recollections of a gay, high school literature teacher who has a unique penchant for Oscar Wilde and one night hook ups with his male friends The story goes into great lengths detailing his sexual preferences and if it were not for the uniquely structured plot this would have been mistaken for a LGBT novel And one common running theme are the political atrocities committed on young people and students, and the poltical watch dog always running around in the streets in green Falcons always on the brink of malevolence running a reign of terror through the streets There are several other characters with their stories sidewinding alongside the main plot which is told thirty years later in the form of recollections What with the presence of a randy and lecherous old poet who happens to be the narrator s friend, and his illicit affair with one of his students what with a semblance of the supernatural and the occult that makes its presence in one of their nightly liaisions what with the presence of two young dissidents one happens to be a lesbian, BTW that seek shelter in the narrator s place and their intemperate liaisions what with the homosexual relationship that arises between a homophobic cop and the narrator that seeks to engulf the latter in a moral and political conundrum, this novel makes for a wonderful roller coster ride through the dark depths of human souls Highly recommended Wow this novel, what a stunner Historical noir set mainly during the Dirty War in Argentina We follow Gomez, a gay former high school literature professor now in his 80 s as he recalls the events of the novel from 30 years earlier while he s in his 50 s Gomez serves as both protagonist of his own story and as a conduit for the stories of other victims of the terror of the Videla dictatorship that he meets and talks with Lots of sudden hops between stories and back and forth in time, but Wow this novel, what a stunner Historical noir set mainly during the Dirty War in Argentina We follow Gomez, a gay former high school literature professor now in his 80 s as he recalls the events of the novel from 30 years earlier while he s in his 50 s Gomez serves as both protagonist of his own story and as a conduit for the stories of other victims of the terror of the Videla dictatorship that he meets and talks with Lots of sudden hops between stories and back and forth in time, but the book never feels hard to follow due to the vividness of the writing Lots of thrillingly David Lynchian, surrealist scenes Tense and brutal with a bit of the occult thrown in for good measure, this book really brings home the fear and paranoia brought about by life under a murderous autocrat A great read This is the second novel by award winning Argentinian author, Guillermo Saccomanno, translated to English by Andrea G Labinger for Open Letter books and it is a good one The main story takes place in 1977 during the period called The Dirty War, that followed the military displacement of Isabel Peron From this period of Government sponsored terrorism, came the term, The Disappeared, referring to the estimates of 30,000 people arrested, kidnapped, and murdered by police death squads Sacc This is the second novel by award winning Argentinian author, Guillermo Saccomanno, translated to English by Andrea G Labinger for Open Letter books and it is a good one The main story takes place in 1977 during the period called The Dirty War, that followed the military displacement of Isabel Peron From this period of Government sponsored terrorism, came the term, The Disappeared, referring to the estimates of 30,000 people arrested, kidnapped, and murdered by police death squads Saccomanno s narrator reflects back on this period when he was a teacher and tells the story not just from his perspective but also in subplots related by other characters who have engaged him The novel jumps around in time and from plotline to plotline as it is being narrated which produces a unsettled sense in the reader as Saccomanno builds an atmosphere of paranoia for his narrator Saccomanno still has room for sex and humor in the novel stemming from the narrator s homosexual adventures and a friend s heterosexual obsession I liked most that Saccomanno captures in his characters the mundane preoccupations that seem to occur in individuals under high stress where the actions they choose would barely seem rational This was an interesting novel on a period of which I was too ignorant Books written to defy, to present various points of view, and above all to show us that we can and should raise voices against powers are books that I love to read It makes me feel stronger, it makes me want to protest, andthan anything else it makes me feel that I have companions and not alone in the world when it comes to issues close to my heart 77 is one such book that held me by my throat and being and I just had to finish it in almost three sittings or so The book still lingers in Books written to defy, to present various points of view, and above all to show us that we can and should raise voices against powers are books that I love to read It makes me feel stronger, it makes me want to protest, andthan anything else it makes me feel that I have companions and not alone in the world when it comes to issues close to my heart 77 is one such book that held me by my throat and being and I just had to finish it in almost three sittings or so The book still lingers in my memory, and I know that it will for a long time to come So, what is the book about The book is set in Buenos Aires, 1977 A time that is considered to be a part of the darkest days of the Videla dictatorship, from the time he seized power in 1976 At the heart of the book is G mez, a gay high school literature teacher, trying very hard to keep a low profile as his friends and students begin to disappear This is the time when questioning is forbidden, and people aren t allowed to live the way they wish to Things also start spiralling when he gives shelter to two dissidents in his house, and to make things worst he is having an affair with a homophobic cop who is loyal to the government and no one else The book is told in flashbacks from 2007 to 1977 jumping back and forth I was stunned reading this novel I didn t know what to feel for some time and then I realized that I was scared Scared of such a regime being thrust upon us though it seems that day isn t very far and how we would react or live in that case Living under a dictatorship isn t easy At the same time, it isn t very hard for people to get used to it, which is most fearful.Saccomanno s writing is fluid and clear In most parts, I thought of it to be autobiographical and I don t think I was far from the truth The moral, social, and intellectual dilemmas that present themselves make the book so haunting and real Is literature dead Is sexual preference dead Is raising your voice dead What is alive any 77 is a book not just about a year about people, their opinions, the regime that wants a mental shutdown of its people, a state that will have nothing but totalitarianism at the helm of things 77, to me wasthan just a book It is about a literary soul that is trapped and is the story of one man trying to make sense in a world of madness and inhumanity, lurking in almost every corner It is a book that shows you what shouldn t be repeated We can only hope and pray Le Falcon Verdi Lasciavano Coaguli Sull Asfalto, La Traccia Degli Pneumatici Insanguinati Cercai Di Camminare Rasente Il Muro Non C Era Nessuna Porta Attraverso Cui Entrare Per Nascondermi I Palazzi Non Avevano Porte Solo Finestre Ma Iniziavano Appena All Altezza Del Secondo PianoA Ogni Finestra Famiglie Intere Con Bandierine Biancoazzurre Applaudivano E Festeggiavano La Parata Silenziosa Delle Falcon VerdiNel Vento Si Udiva L Eco Di Una Marcia Ed Era La Marcha Peronista Mi Appoggiai A Un Muro Sentii Qualcosa Di Caldo E Appiccicoso Sui Palmi, Sulle DitaIl Muro Grondava Sangue This is mostly harsh and relentless Saccomanno s prose is clean and quiet The novel does meander a bit in the second half the sequence with Gomez sheltering the dissidents seems to be a bit of a digression. Though written in 2008 this has only just been published in English This is Buenos Aires in 1977 under the Videla regime Green Ford Falcons hover ominously on every street corner, and police beat or imprison people for no apparent reason, and yet the residents of Buenos Aires try to go about their normal business But looking the other way eventually becomes an untenable proposition for the protagonist, secondary school teacher, G mez A student gets taken by gunpoint from his class, and he fi Though written in 2008 this has only just been published in English This is Buenos Aires in 1977 under the Videla regime Green Ford Falcons hover ominously on every street corner, and police beat or imprison people for no apparent reason, and yet the residents of Buenos Aires try to go about their normal business But looking the other way eventually becomes an untenable proposition for the protagonist, secondary school teacher, G mez A student gets taken by gunpoint from his class, and he finds himself involved with a homophobic cop Before long two young dissidents show up seeking refuge at his apartment, and he isinvolved then he ever thought he could be As attractive a premise as it seems, I found Saccomanno s writing did not hold my attention fascinating as a series of occasional vignettes, but with little to hold them together


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