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By Marguerite Feitlowitz

Tanks roaring over farmlands, pregnant ladies tortured, 30,000 members "disappeared"--these have been the horrors of Argentina's soiled warfare. A New York Times impressive e-book of the 12 months and Finalist for the L.L. Winship / PEN New England Award in 1998, A Lexicon of Terror is a delicate and unflinching account of the sadism, paranoia, and deception the army junta unleashed at the Argentine humans from 1976 to 1983.

This up to date variation contains a new epilogue that chronicles significant political, felony, and social advancements in Argentina because the book's preliminary booklet. It additionally keeps the tales of the participants interested in the soiled struggle, together with the torturers, kidnappers and murderers previously granted immunity less than now dissolved amnesty legislation. also, Feitlowitz discusses investigations introduced within the intervening years that experience indicated that the community of torture facilities, focus camps, and different operations chargeable for the "desaparecidas" was once extra frequent than formerly notion. A Lexicon of Terror vividly inspires this stunning period and tells of the iconic results it has left at the Argentine tradition.

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34 34 a lexicon of terror On the first Christmas Eve of the Process, Videla offered this summing-up to the country at large: Without a doubt, the year ends under the sign of sacrifice. A shared, indispensable sacrifice which marks the beginning of our way to the true reuniting of Argentines; through sacrifice will we be able to face the future, ourselves, and the world, with a new identity. 35 The theme of “sacrifice” was a classically Roman Catholic reference. Even more to the point, it played upon civilian shame.

Surmounting all obstacles . . the Armed Forces went on the offensive. And there, in the northwest [referring to Tucumán, the 1975 defeat of ERP], our valiant comrades of the Army began a risky and patient war . . the most moving in our memory. Then, the Armed Forces began the Republic’s process of reorganization and now with political [as well as military] responsibility, the offensive became more integral, efficacious— the Air Force and the Army have also suffered the wounds of this shameless war, they have contributed with their heroism to the enemy’s defeat.

Texas wore dark glasses and was rarely seen without his stick. “He knew the limits of human resistance,” testified Graciela Geuna. “Once after he had beaten me, I managed to steal a razor blade from the desk. All I wanted was to kill myself, it was the only way to escape the horror. Texas confiscated it, saying ‘You’re not going to be able to die, little girl, until we want you to. ”24 In the words of survivors Patricia Astelarra and Gustavo Contemponi: He turned torture into an act of theater.

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