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SimA³n Cardoso has been dead for thirty years when his wife, Emilia Dupuy, finds him in a New Jersey diner. Testimonies confirmed that SimA³n had been one of the thousands of victims of Argentina's military regime, executed for being a 'subversive'; yet this man is identical to the man she lost three decades ago. While skirting around the mystery, Eloy MartAsnez masterfully peels away layer upon layer of history - both personal and political. And just as SimA³n's disappearance comes to represent the thousands of disappearances that were such a common occurrence during the dictatorship, so Emilia's refusal to accept his death mirrors the country's unwillingness to face its reality. The final work of the late MartAsnez, Purgatory is his most moving, most autobiographical novel.The wagons at the front were shrouded in black plastic which billowed open in the wind to reveal a hand, a head, a leg. Ash from the ... It was almost dark when the first Ford Falcon arrived in the suburbs of Tucuman. The broad avenues were anbsp;...

Author:Tomás Eloy Martínez
Publisher:A&C Black - 2012-11-01


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