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A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date October 7, 1999
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780195134162
ISBN-10 0195134168
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $19.95
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: "We were all out in la charca, and there they were, coming over the ridge, a battalion ready for war, against a schoolhut full of children." Tanks roaring over farmlands, pregnant mothers tortured, their babies stolen and sold on the black market, homes raided in the dead of night, ordinary citizens kidnapped and never seen again--such were the horrors of Argentina's Dirty War. Now, in A Lexicon of Terror, Marguerite Feitlowitz fully exposes the nightmare of sadism, paranoia, and deception the military dictatorship unleashed on the Argentine people, a nightmare that would claim over 30,000 civilians from 1976 to 1983 and whose leaders were recently issued warrants by a Spanish court for the crime of genocide. Feitlowitz explores the perversion of language under state terrorism, both as it's used to conceal and confuse ("The Parliament must be disbanded to rejuvenate democracy") and to domesticate torture and murder. Thus, citizens kidnapped and held in secret concentration camps were "disappeared"; torture was referred to as "intensive therapy"; prisoners thrown alive from airplanes over the ocean were called "fish food." Based on six years of research and moving interviews with peasants, intellectuals, activists, and bystanders, A Lexicon of Terror examines the full impact of this catastrophic period from its inception to the present, in which former torturers, having been pardoned and released from prison, live side by side with those they tortured.
Passionately written and impossible to put down, Feitlowitz shows us both the horror of the war and the heroism of those who resisted and survived--their courage, their endurance, their eloquent refusal to be dehumanized in the face of torments even Dante could not have imagined.

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Hardcover
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from Oxford Univ Pr (April 16, 1998)
9780195106350 | details & prices | 302 pages | 6.50 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $30.00
About: A report on the horrors of Argentina's Dirty War focuses on how military dictators manipulated language to hide their crimes
Paperback
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from Oxford Univ Pr (October 7, 1999)
9780195134162 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $19.95
About: "We were all out in la charca, and there they were, coming over the ridge, a battalion ready for war, against a schoolhut full of children.

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