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An unfinished song: The life of Victor Jara

4.44  ·  Rating Details ·  97 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
A lively and honest biography that graphically traces the emergence of Victor Jara's theatre, music and poems, and the crucial role they played in the Chilean workers' movement.
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published May 1st 1984 by Ticknor & Fields (first published January 1st 1976)
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Nihan
Jun 09, 2016 Nihan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Şarkılarını halk için söylemiş, hayatı boyunca diğer insanlara yardımcı olmaya çalışmış, eline asla silah almamış ve bir karıncayı bile incitmemiş bir müzisyen. Ve sadece fikirleri yüzünden tutuklandığında işkenceyle öldürüp bir de ellerini kırmışlar!!!! Canavar insanoğlu!!
Peggy
Dec 21, 2014 Peggy rated it liked it
Shelves: latin-america, memoir
The torture and murder of singer Victor Jara in the wake of the September 1973 military coup that overthrew the elected government of Salvador Allende encapsulates the brutal, fascistic, and murderous nature of that event in history. Joan Jara tells her husband's life story in An Unfinished Song: The Life of Victor Jara . Knowing the obscene way that he and hundreds of others perished, it is hard to read the last quarter of the book.

Victor Jara was no flash-in-the-pan celebrity. His songwriting
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dead letter office
Jun 09, 2016 dead letter office rated it it was amazing
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a biography of chilean folksinger and political activist victor jara, imprisoned and murdered in the days after the pinochet coup. written by victor's wife joan. this tells his/their story and the story of the election, overthrow, and death of chilean president salvador allende. highly recommended.

i used to have a copy of a two-cassette album by the same title ("an unfinished song") as the book. it was by far my favorite collection of victor jara's music, but it was released by now-vanished redw
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Carlos Martinez
Nov 02, 2013 Carlos Martinez rated it it was amazing
An exceptionally moving and important account of the life of Victor Jara, the great Chilean singer, guitarist, director and activist. Contains lots of insight in relation to the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende (1970-73), the activism that sustained it, and the fascist military coup the brought it down.

Victor Jara is a hero of the oppressed people worldwide, and his legacy should never be forgotten.
Andrew
May 08, 2016 Andrew rated it it was amazing
A great book..though one written under tragic circumstances, I first become aware of Victor Jara only recently due to Christy Moore's cover of Arlo Guthrie's song about the short but eventful life of this revolutionary poet/musician.
It's a story of political struggle optimism around the creation of a hopeful socialist utopia..the usual anti communist CIA meddling and the installation of a military junta led by Pinochet who spearhead the Wests free market experiments but ultimately leave more hum
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Lars Borking
Jul 16, 2015 Lars Borking rated it it was amazing
Joan is telling her and Victors story so full of love for each other and for the chillean people and their democratic revolution. From the quest of Victor and others finding and reviving their own cultural herritage of songs, dances, instruments and stories to the fight for a more just society. A most inspiering account of courrage, modesty and love. With an incredible develloped consiousness that even beaten to blood knowing that this is the last poem he will ever write he sees through the horr ...more
Kusal Perera
Sep 30, 2009 Kusal Perera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most touching stories I've read of a real life man, told in the most touching way by his wife. Its the sad story of a man who thought he could sing for the men of the soil and stand for their political cause in a world of new music in the Chile that was being heavily intruded by the USA to push through a bloody military coup. Victor never compromised his conscience and was brutally murdered.
Stephy
Feb 18, 2009 Stephy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Stephy by: self-referred
This book is Part Biography, part autobiography. Written by Joan Jara, the British widow of the subject, it is the story of Victor Jara, Chilean teacher, theater director, poet, singer/songwriter, and political activist. Victor Jara was involved in the New Song Music development in Chile during the time Salvador Allende was becoming President, Allende's brief presidency, and during the period following Allende's murder. He was also a victim of the 'Cleansing" of Chile by Augosto Pinochet. It was ...more
Stephy
Oct 10, 2008 Stephy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is Part Biography, part autobiography. Written by the widow of the subject, Joan Jara, it is the story of Victor Jara, Chilean composer and musician. Jara was involved in the New Song Music of Liberation in Chile during the time Salvador Allende was becoming President, and during the period following the murder of Allende, a victim of the 'Cleansing" of Chile by Augosto Pinochet. It was only available in Spanish when I first read it, but has been reprinted and expanded over the years. ...more
Stephy
Oct 10, 2008 Stephy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Stephy by: self-referred
This book is Part Biography, part autobiography. Written by the widow of the subject, Joan Jara, it is the story of Victor Jara, Chilean composer and musician. Jara was involved in the New Song Music of Liberation in Chile during the time Salvador Allende was becoming President, and during the period following the murder of Allende, a victim of the 'Cleansing" of Chile by Augosto Pinochet. It was only available in Spanish when I first read it, but has been reprinted and expanded over the years. ...more
Jose Palafox
On the morning of September 12 1973, Jara was detained, along with thousands of Chileans, and then held prisoner at the Estadio Chile where he was repeatedly beaten and tortured, resulting in the breaking of bones in his hands and upper torso.

Fellow political prisoners have testified that his captors, as he lay on the ground after the beating, mockingly suggested that he play guitar for them.

Defiantly, he sang part of a hymn supporting the Unidad Popular.

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Brent
This is the best book I read of late.
Victor Jara- always heard about him, now I must Google more of and about him. I learned quite a bit from this memoir by his lovely wife, a British dance teacher, choreographer, and expat. It took me a long time to get used to her perceptive writing about labor and strikes in late 1960s -early 1970s using the term "lorries" for "trucks." Get past surface impressions: this is a story of great souls, particularly Jara, and the tumult of the violent coup against
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Daniela Ponce
May 22, 2014 Daniela Ponce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autores-chilenos
Aborda un aspecto poco conocido del cantautor chileno, de su vida de pobreza, genialidad y resiliencia
Carlos Arroita
Dec 20, 2015 Carlos Arroita rated it it was amazing
Really nice book to understand the lyrics of Jara and the hisotry of Chile! Really good and easy reading
Daniel
Nov 16, 2015 Daniel rated it really liked it
Really impressed by how engaging this was.
Ronan Anthony O'Reilly
Mar 11, 2016 Ronan Anthony O'Reilly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
An excellent biography of Joan's husband.
Kaushalya
Nov 08, 2009 Kaushalya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
This book changed my view of life and still haunts me from time to time. How much can one give up for a cause, a passion and a belief?
Lorena
Feb 25, 2010 Lorena marked it as to-read
I have only read excerpts of this out of print book and these have only made me want to read it all so much more.
Laura
Feb 26, 2009 Laura rated it really liked it
this story made me so angry and so sad at the same time.
Austin Solis
Aug 04, 2011 Austin Solis rated it really liked it
This man and his journey lives deep in my heart.
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