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My Name is Victoria: The Extraordinary Story of One Woman's Struggle to Reclaim Her True Identity

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  103 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Argentina’s coup d’état in 1976 led to one of the bloodiest dictatorships in its history—thirty thousand people were abducted, tortured, and subsequently “disappeared.” And hundreds of babies born to pregnant political prisoners were stolen from their doomed mothers and “given” to families with military ties or who were collaborators of the regime. Analía was one of these ...more
Paperback, 239 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Other Press (first published 2009)
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Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a really moving autobiography by the daughter of two Argentinian desaparecidos, a woman who was raised by a couple pretending to be her parents. Since she had been "given" to this foster family by the government when she was just a few days old, Donda had no knowledge of her true blood relations until lightning struck in young adulthood in the form of contact from one of the agencies founded to recover the stolen Argentinian children of the political terror days. This is the story of a p ...more
E' difficile scrivere qualcosa su un libro-testimonianza come questo. Ciò che ha passato Victoria (ed i suoi genitori) è una delle torture più disumane che si riescano a concepire, disumana perché non finisce con la morte ma prosegue nella vita dei figli. Victoria non sa di essere Victoria fino a 27 anni, quando scopre che quelli che chiama suoi genitori in realtà non lo sono: suo zio Adolfo Donda, capo dei servizi segreti dell'Esma, ha fatto partorire sua madre (dopo torture varie), le ha sottr ...more
Giorgia Imbriani
Non mi capita spesso di leggere autobiografie. Forse perché trovo le vite inventante più interessanti di quelle vissute. Ho fatto un’eccezione. E se non sapessi che Victoria esiste davvero direi che è una storia splendida, intensa, drammatica, raccontata come si racconterebbe una serata tra amici ad una confidente, seduti al tavolino di un bar. Sarà perché Victoria è quasi mia coetanea, ma mi sembra di essere un po’ sua amica, a sentirla raccontare così. Il problema poi è che ti svegli, e realiz ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Passionately told memoir by Victoria Donda that made this reader angry all over again with respect to the horrible repression, torture, and murder of tens of thousands of Argentinians who resisted and actively fought against military dictatorship in the 1970s. Donda grew up with a different name, believing the couple who raised her were her parents, but they were 'given' her as a baby of two weeks after her biological parents were murdered by the regime. She discovered this at the age of twenty- ...more
Nunca Màs

The star system we are using with goodreads seems inappropriate with this kind of book. In that you need to be interested in the subject to want to read it, and finishing it depends on just how interested you are. It’s extremely repetitive and rather flat. Analìa – a sort of preface, and Grandmothers – something of an epilogue, are written in the third person and are somewhat more successful. It is not a book I would recommend. I’ve given Mi Nombre Es Victoria two stars in that I manage
Imagine living your life believing you are the daughter of an ex-military man and his wife and finding out as an adult that you are really the daughter of a woman who was interrogated and tortured and then injected with sodium pentothal and dropped from an airplane alive into the sea. This is the case with Analia or as once she learns of her identity, Victoria Donda. I am not giving a spoiler as she tells about this in her introduction to her book My Name Is Victoria.

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Jul 03, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
andrò controcorrente rispetto agli altri commenti,ma questo libro mi ha un pò delusa. forse non sapevo neanch'io di preciso cosa aspettarmi,ma in parecchi punti l'ho trovato noioso e "tirato". capisco che dividere la storia dei desaparecidos e la politica argentina sia praticamente impossibile,ma tre quarti del libro verte sulle vicissitudini politiche di quella nazione. l'ho trovato più un trattato politico che altro. solo in minima parte tratta di quello che dovrebbero essere gli argomenti pri ...more
Elizabeth La Lettrice
I'd really give this book a 2.5 but since I'm NICE, I round up. The topic of this book was interesting as was the story of Victoria Donda discovering her true identity. I took a Latin American Studies class in college but somehow don't really remember this part of history - and I'm always open to learning about history's past failings. However, the book read like a long lecture that Victoria may have given at an event rather than written as a biographical book. I felt like she kept "wrapping up" ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Analia had a normal childhood in a leafy suburb of Buenes Aires, Argentino. Her father was an ex-police officer and her mother was a housewife. Imagine her shock when she discovered, as a young adult, that her birth mother had been a political dissidant, jailed, tortured, and forced to give birth in captivity. Her biological father was also a political activist executed by the fascist regime. Analia, or Victoria, as her birth mother had named her was aided in finding her true heritage by a group ...more
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While the book is a little choppy in the way it's organized- I think the author provides a detailed account about a narrative that needs to be heard on the dirty war. I personally would recommend this book, especially if you want a glimpse into how people were effected and are effected today by the repercussions & brutality of Argentina's military regime. I agree with others this book can't really be held to a star rating based on conventional rating......I wasn't reading this book based on ...more
Cristina Dawson
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
poorly written. it was ok. good to learn a little bit about the history of buenos aires and argentina's political system, but you'll only learn a little bit because it's poorly written, and there is no structure to the timeline. the story jumps around a lot.
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'ai beaucoup aimé car je ne connaissais rien de ces histoires politiques de l'Argentine. Me voilà donc mise à la page. Je suis contente que la Bibliothèque Orange ait choisi ce livre cette année-ci.
Linda Marazoni
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a true story regarding the terrible events in Argentina around 1976. I think it is important for all of us to know what tragedies have occurred in our world histories. With this knowledge, perhaps we can prevent it in the future.
Christine Gleason
Oct 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
This review pertains to the Spanish version:
I had such high hopes for this book as I was very interested in the topic. But this book was very poorly written, had very poor grammar and was not written in a logical order. The book was repetitive and quite painful to get through.
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
very informative
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Victoria Analía Donda Pérez is an Argentine human rights activist and legislator. She is the first daughter of a "disappeared" person, born in captivity, to become a member of the Argentine National Congress, and the youngest woman to hold that office.
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