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

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


  • Paperback
  • 160 pages
  • Departing at Dawn: A Novel of Argentina's Dirty War
  • Gloria Lisé
  • English
  • 06 October 2016
  • 9781558616035

10 thoughts on “Departing at Dawn: A Novel of Argentina's Dirty War

  1. Ahsan Ahsan says:

    Moving and powerful story of a harrowing time in Argentina's history with understated prose


  2. Derek Emerson Derek Emerson says:

    In an extremely well crafted first novel Gloria Lisé has put a human face on the story of 30000 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 government's hunting of dissenters has on one family and as a result show the human toll that numbers cannot reflectWe follow the incidents surrounding Berta a young woman studying to be a doctor who watches her lover thrown to his death from a balcony A union organizer he was rud to have money set aside and government officials think Berta may have it and she is forced to flee her family and city to go to relatives she barely knows in the country Where Lisé avoids another heroheroine surviving the chaos of the times is by placing her main character in a serene slow paced setting While all around her the country reels in her ancestral home she finds safety and at times peaceBut of course no family is without history either and here Berta learns of where she has come from and how she fits in her own tradition She does not escape her own tainted past as she meets the Indians her family has forced into a small area of existence She sees other current concerns as she travels with the Armenian midwife and learns of the miracle of birth in an area with little access to medicine She learns of the personal failings and misfortunes of her own family placing her own struggles in perspectiveLisé's style is sparse clean and confident She trusts her story enough to avoid creating judgments instead letting the reader draw their own conclusions At times the chapters seem to jump but it becomes clear she is creating a backdrop for the world in which Berta finds herself Early on we get a chapter entitled This is My Family and these are augmented later by character sketches in Aunt Avelina Tristan Nepomuceno Lusaper Gregorian and other chapters Lisé brings to these characters a believable fullness which shows the lives of others trying to survive in a world turned upside down Many of them survive uite well since they are comfortable with themselves and have seen other difficult times Lusaper Gregorian the midwife is a refugee from the Turkish massacre of the Armenians so her take on what is occurring is always influenced by what she has survived These people also create a context for Berta and for how we view BertaThe novel also succeeds because Berta is such an identifiable victim She was not involved in any subversive activities herself but the fact that her lover was makes her guilty She does not face the government and become a martyr but understandably runs for her life Berta's time with her new family is slow and probably at times uite boring While others may be looking for her she is simply biding her time for approximately two years waiting to know what to do next But of course this is the most important type of hero An everyday person caught up in the midst of madness and making whatever rational decisions so she can to survive until another opportunity arisesLisé herself was 15 when the overthrow occurred so she lived through this time and likely saw many such simple heroes By creating a novel following the story of one person she has managed to make the tragedy of the government known while not letting us get lost in facts and numbers In a similar vein Vietnam veteran Tim O'Brien has taught about the realities of the war through his fiction than many non fiction books have ever succeeded in doing One hopes the Lisé will continue to use the novel as a vehicle to express her knowledge since she does so powerfully


  3. Pete Young Pete Young says:

    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 his death by the government’s goon suads and she flees Tucumán to stay with remote relatives in the Argentine interior escaping the junta’s relentless pursuit and disappearance of anyone even vaguely associated with Leftist politics Curiously given the subject matter this is a novel written in delicate literary watercolours as opposed to oils and I was expecting a much immediate and punchier read It does also have some strongly written passages such as the long and engaging description of the bleak backwater town of Olpa where Berta ends up but the tone was set at the beginning with the first half of the novel mostly given over to delicate character studies using Berta’s family history as source I did wonder if or when the novel was ever going to pick up the pace a little which it thankfully did towards the last uarter of the book but even that kept the political strife off screen and instead used it as the background context for Berta’s eventual exile


  4. Lynnnadeau Lynnnadeau says:

    Since I am in Argentina now it is fitting to read a novel about the Guerra Sucio in which about 30000 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 suare 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 author writes from the heart as does the translator


  5. Jenny Jenny says:

    beautifully written novel that gives a glimpse of the terror of argentina's dirty war the descriptions of the torture are done as memory and allusion rather than graphic detail which makes them even powerful very uick read that left me wishing there were


  6. Monica Monica says:

    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 However it hasn't gripped me the way the other book I'm reading does


  7. Jim Nichols Jim Nichols says:

    A beautifully written account of a dark time in Argentina's history


  8. David David says:

    eBook An interesting take on the dirty war but not that great of a read


  9. Samantha Samantha says:

    Sort of unorganized but there were some good moments


  10. Candice Call Candice Call says:

    Very informative and eye opening about historical events


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Departing at Dawn: A Novel of Argentina's Dirty War❮Download❯ ➵ Departing at Dawn: A Novel of Argentina's Dirty War Author Gloria Lisé – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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’état and a mili March Berta watches Dawn: A eBook ✓ 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’état 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 There she becomes part of the family she knows only from old photographs Aunt Avelina who blasts records from an old Departing at PDF/EPUB or player; Uncle Nepomuceno who watches slugs slither in the garden every afternoon; and Uncle Javier who sits in his tiny grocery store day and night When Berta learns that government officials are still looking for her she realizes she must run even further to save her lifeGloria Lisé describes a terrifying period in her nation's history with a touch that is light yet penetrating A powerful portrait of Argentinians caught up in traumas that have haunted the country ever since.

10 thoughts on “Departing at Dawn: A Novel of Argentina's Dirty War

  1. Ahsan Ahsan says:

    Moving and powerful story of a harrowing time in Argentina's history with understated prose

  2. Derek Emerson Derek Emerson says:

    In an extremely well crafted first novel Gloria Lisé has put a human face on the story of 30000 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 government's hunting of dissenters has on one family and as a result show the human toll that numbers cannot reflectWe follow the incidents surrounding Berta a young woman studying to be a doctor who watches her lover thrown to his death from a balcony A union organizer he was rud to have money set aside and government officials think Berta may have it and she is forced to flee her family and city to go to relatives she barely knows in the country Where Lisé avoids another heroheroine surviving the chaos of the times is by placing her main character in a serene slow paced setting While all around her the country reels in her ancestral home she finds safety and at times peaceBut of course no family is without history either and here Berta learns of where she has come from and how she fits in her own tradition She does not escape her own tainted past as she meets the Indians her family has forced into a small area of existence She sees other current concerns as she travels with the Armenian midwife and learns of the miracle of birth in an area with little access to medicine She learns of the personal failings and misfortunes of her own family placing her own struggles in perspectiveLisé's style is sparse clean and confident She trusts her story enough to avoid creating judgments instead letting the reader draw their own conclusions At times the chapters seem to jump but it becomes clear she is creating a backdrop for the world in which Berta finds herself Early on we get a chapter entitled This is My Family and these are augmented later by character sketches in Aunt Avelina Tristan Nepomuceno Lusaper Gregorian and other chapters Lisé brings to these characters a believable fullness which shows the lives of others trying to survive in a world turned upside down Many of them survive uite well since they are comfortable with themselves and have seen other difficult times Lusaper Gregorian the midwife is a refugee from the Turkish massacre of the Armenians so her take on what is occurring is always influenced by what she has survived These people also create a context for Berta and for how we view BertaThe novel also succeeds because Berta is such an identifiable victim She was not involved in any subversive activities herself but the fact that her lover was makes her guilty She does not face the government and become a martyr but understandably runs for her life Berta's time with her new family is slow and probably at times uite boring While others may be looking for her she is simply biding her time for approximately two years waiting to know what to do next But of course this is the most important type of hero An everyday person caught up in the midst of madness and making whatever rational decisions so she can to survive until another opportunity arisesLisé herself was 15 when the overthrow occurred so she lived through this time and likely saw many such simple heroes By creating a novel following the story of one person she has managed to make the tragedy of the government known while not letting us get lost in facts and numbers In a similar vein Vietnam veteran Tim O'Brien has taught about the realities of the war through his fiction than many non fiction books have ever succeeded in doing One hopes the Lisé will continue to use the novel as a vehicle to express her knowledge since she does so powerfully

  3. Pete Young Pete Young says:

    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 his death by the government’s goon suads and she flees Tucumán to stay with remote relatives in the Argentine interior escaping the junta’s relentless pursuit and disappearance of anyone even vaguely associated with Leftist politics Curiously given the subject matter this is a novel written in delicate literary watercolours as opposed to oils and I was expecting a much immediate and punchier read It does also have some strongly written passages such as the long and engaging description of the bleak backwater town of Olpa where Berta ends up but the tone was set at the beginning with the first half of the novel mostly given over to delicate character studies using Berta’s family history as source I did wonder if or when the novel was ever going to pick up the pace a little which it thankfully did towards the last uarter of the book but even that kept the political strife off screen and instead used it as the background context for Berta’s eventual exile

  4. Lynnnadeau Lynnnadeau says:

    Since I am in Argentina now it is fitting to read a novel about the Guerra Sucio in which about 30000 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 suare 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 author writes from the heart as does the translator

  5. Jenny Jenny says:

    beautifully written novel that gives a glimpse of the terror of argentina's dirty war the descriptions of the torture are done as memory and allusion rather than graphic detail which makes them even powerful very uick read that left me wishing there were

  6. Monica Monica says:

    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 However it hasn't gripped me the way the other book I'm reading does

  7. Jim Nichols Jim Nichols says:

    A beautifully written account of a dark time in Argentina's history

  8. David David says:

    eBook An interesting take on the dirty war but not that great of a read

  9. Samantha Samantha says:

    Sort of unorganized but there were some good moments

  10. Candice Call Candice Call says:

    Very informative and eye opening about historical events

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