Miranda France

‘Silence is Health’

Operation Massacre

By

Old Street Publishing 230pp £9.99 order from our bookshop

It’s more than fifty years since Operación Masacre was first published in Argentina and there’s a poignancy to the timing of its belated publication in English, three months after the death of the country’s most notorious dictator. General Jorge Videla presided over much of the ‘Dirty War’ of 1976 to 1983 during which more than 8,000 – and possibly as many as 30,000 – Argentine citizens were abducted, tortured and murdered by the state. Some of them were bundled off the street or out of cafés into Ford Falcon cars that transported them to concentration camps. Others were taken from their homes on suspicion of being violent insurgents, when the truth was that most had never done anything more contentious than attend a rally, teach in a university, or volunteer medical help in a shanty town. More than two hundred of the ‘disappeared’ were women who gave birth before they were murdered; their babies were handed to their executioner’s relations to be brought up. The bodies were dumped in the River Plate or buried in mass graves and most have never been found. 

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • What a charming, candid blogpost from one of our dear contributing editors. ,
    • RT : The first guess from one of my 1st graders was “death” and such an awed, somber, reflective hush fell over the clas… ,
    • Merry Christmas from Literary Review! Hope your stockings were laden with books, and the tree bending under the weight of further books....,
    • Last minute Christmas gift required? We're offering discounts on all our subscriptions (20% no less!) with the cod… ,
    • In this issue's 'Silenced Voices', Lucy Popescu writes of Thailand's restrictive lese-majesty laws and their latest… ,
    • "Gunn was a disciple of the American formalist Yvor Winters, but Winters’s poetry could never give off such a scent… ,
    • Christmas gift hunting? Why not give the gift of being even better read? We're offering discounts on all our subscr… ,