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Departing at Dawn: A Novel of Argentina's Dirty War

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
March 23, 1976. Berta watches as her lover, Atilio, a union organizer, is thrown from a window to his death on the sidewalk below. The next day, Colonel Jorge Rafael Videla stages a coup d etat and a military dictatorship takes control of Argentina. Though never a part of Atilio s union efforts, Berta is on a list to be disappeared and flees to relatives in the countryside ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Feminist Press (first published 2009)
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Pete Young
There are, fortunately, novels other than Nathan Englander’s excellent The Ministry of Special Cases that deal with Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ and that are available in English. Published by the Feminist Press in 2009, Departing at Dawn is clearly seen as a definitive novel of 1976-1983 Argentina, because by decree it’s now permanently available to read at every library throughout the country. It tells the story of Berta, who has seen her partner, a trade union organiser, thrown from a window to hi ...more
Derek Emerson
Sep 20, 2009 Derek Emerson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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In an extremely well crafted first novel, Gloria Lisé has put a human face on the story of 30,000 "disappeared" people who lost their lives from 1976-1983 in Argentina. The military government which took over Isabel Peron's country proceeded to eliminate anyone felt to be a threat to their position. A lawyer and professor, Lisé must have been tempted to add yet another non-fiction account to a historical tragedy, but in this finely tuned work of fiction she manages to show the impact the governm ...more
Lynnnadeau
Mar 09, 2010 Lynnnadeau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I am in Argentina now, it is fitting to read a novel about the Guerra Sucio in which about 30,000 people were 'disappeared' never to be seen again. Tortured, dropped out of planes - in this case the boyfriend of the main character is dropped from a balcony unto the city square. She has to hide because the military is hunting for her. She flees to her aunt in the country but eventually has to flee even farther. Peronism is touched on as are all the events occuring in modern Argentina. The a ...more
Jenny
Dec 20, 2010 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
beautifully written novel that gives a glimpse of the terror of argentina's dirty war. the descriptions of the torture are done more as memory and allusion rather than graphic detail, which makes them even more powerful. very quick read that left me wishing there were more.
Monica
Jun 05, 2013 Monica marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm maybe a third of the way through this, but I have to return it to the library, which is too bad, because I'd like to read more. However, it hasn't gripped me the way the other book I'm reading does.
Michele Abrams Lehn
Beautifully written, almost poetic. Not as engaging as other books I've read on this topic however.
David
Dec 30, 2010 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
eBook- An interesting take on the "dirty war." but not that great of a read.
Jim Nichols
Jul 07, 2009 Jim Nichols rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written account of a dark time in Argentina's history.
Samantha
Jul 09, 2012 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sort of unorganized but there were some good moments.
Candice Call
Very informative and eye opening about historical events.
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