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Publishers Weekly: Set during Argentina's Dirty Wars of the late 1970s and early 80s, Holzman's stunning debut novel follows two men clamoring for a woman's heart as they weather the country's descent into brutality. As Captain Diego Fioravanti dances with Inés to their favorite tango, "Malena," his thoughts pirouette from the woman in his arms to his dreaded impending ren...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Nortia Press (first published April 10th 2012)
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Malena is not an easy book to read. It is not meant to be.

And that statement, in itself, is a testimony to its power.

Debut author Edgardo David Holzman pens the book that he was born to write – a heartbreaking tale of unspeakable crimes-upon-humanity that takes place during the Argentina Dirty Wars in the late 1970s. This war against its own people was carried out with full complicity of the police, the courts, and some of the highest levels of the Catholic Church. The United States not only tu...more
Friederike Knabe
The sentence" Beware of fools with initiative" runs like a thread through Edgardo David Holzman's debut novel about "love and moral choices". Set primarily in Argentina, the author delves deep into the dark period of his country's recent past: the military dictatorship of the nineteen seventies and early eighties and its so-called Dirty War. Many may want to forget and put behind them the perturbing and harrowing events of those years. Yet they still carry many secrets demanding to be revealed s...more
Sam Sattler
Malena is the kind of book that it will haunt a reader long after its final page has been turned. Considering the novel’s subject matter, the violent takeover of Argentina by a military junta in the late 1970s, this is not particularly surprising. No, the big surprise here is that the book’s author, Edgardo David Holzman, is a first-time author. Holzman, himself born and educated in Buenos Aires, recreates the horror of those days in a way possible only for someone who understands both the Argen...more
Interesting to read the reviews of others who have read this book - and how much I am in agreement. This is not an easy book to read. It goes into gruesome details about the cruel torture of the military junta in Argentina through the eyes of a military man who is horrified and wants to get away and the people - victims and perpetrators - with whom he interacts. The book is hard to put down; the story and the characters carry it along rapidly. The characters are believable, touching and horrifyi...more
A trip to Argentina to visit a companion church outside Buenos Aires led me to read this book. It confirmed what a human rights group in Chicago has been working towards for years: closing of the School of the Americas. I urge everyone to read this book, not only to learn what had transpired in Argentina in fairly recent history, but to be aware of our culpability in the world's discontent.

It's a work of fiction based on horrifying fact. It's a little difficult to get into, but stick with it.
Tom Starmann
A powerful and often brutally uncomfortable read. This book opened my eyes to this dark chapter in Argentinian and Latin American history. A true testament to the human spirit when confronted with the worst in human nature. Highly recommended.
Rebecca Present-thomas
Excellent- once I started it I found it very difficult to put down! I must admit that I knew very little about this period in Argentina prior to reading, so I was, of course, horrified to be reminded and further educated about the actions taken in the name of God and country, but I found the development of the characters and their storylines to be beautifully and engagingly written. I'm looking forward to more from this author.
reading this and interviewing the author about the argentina dirty war
here is the resulting interview and my thoughts on it
Powerful story about the crimes, tortures, kidnappings and killings of thousands of suspicious citizens in Argentina in the late 70's. Not an easy read, but a well told story.
Incredible story based on factual events. Wow! And this is a debut novel by this writer. Based around the Dirty War in Argentina. Criminal!
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