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Salvador por Joan Didion
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Salvador (edição 1994)

por Joan Didion (Autor)

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"Terror is the given of the place." The place is El Salvador in 1982, at the ghastly height of its civil war. The writer is Joan Didion, who delivers an anatomy of that country's particular brand of terror–its mechanisms, rationales, and intimate relation to United States foreign policy.As ash travels from battlefields to body dumps, interviews a puppet president, and considers the distinctly Salvadoran grammar of the verb "to disappear," Didion gives us a book that is germane to any country in which bloodshed has become a standard tool of politics.… (mais)
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Título:Salvador
Autores:Joan Didion (Autor)
Informação:Vintage (1994), Edition: Reprint, 112 pages
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Didion visited El Salvador for a fortnight in 1982 and this short book expanded upon her New York Review of Books essay.

Terror is the given of the place” and Didion tries to illustrate this with a montage of incidents and anecdotes which include the humour of the absurd, as you don’t want to think about the details of the horror of the commonplace deaths. This can be theoretically understood from Didion’s descriptions of the body dumps, the government death squads and the“disappearances”, but is numbing.
Didion’s book is not only about the impact of the terror upon her and her thinking, but also the way in which the American military and diplomatic presence had to view the situation in order to justify their involvement in assisting the government. She is not opining whether the US presence in El Salvador is right or wrong, just trying to present her impressions and the record of her conversations from a two week visit.

“...nothing came of the day but overheard rumors, indefinite observations, fragments of information that might or might not fit into a pattern we did not perceive.” ( )
  CarltonC | Feb 17, 2021 |
Essentially a long magazine article about El Salavador during the military dictatorship of the early 1980s. Piles of murdered bodies lie alongside a limping bureaucracy and a populace that must act like citizens of a Shirley Jackson short story and blithely skip along while ignoring the mounting terror around them.

The reporting and cool analysis is vintage Didion and therefore magnificent. The Central American policy is a bit too wonky (and a bit too stuck in 1982) to be all that readable or interesting. But still, this book is fast reading but potent, like a gulp of firm scotch that builds in your throat to a slow, angry boil.

Very worth it. ( )
  Smokler | Jan 3, 2021 |
Joan Didion started as a journalist and reports here her experiences during the Salvadorian Civil War. The development is like a modern novel. ( )
  atufft | Jul 4, 2019 |
If I had read this book in the context of my Latin American history class, I would have appreciated its perspective. The book is a valuable work of current events, or at least it was in the 80's when it was published, but as a work of literature, I was unimpressed. The 107-page book is filled with poorly integrated block quotes that could have been cut down. There's hardly a story in the book. As a reader, I was unsure what the narrator was doing in El Salvador in the first place. I feel like she should have made herself more of a character to develop tension etc. If she was going for more of a journalistic approach, then she should have left herself out of it altogether. It also would have helped to get a lot more of the history of the country to provide a context for the events described. I don't think the average person has much background knowledge about El Salvador. ( )
  StefanieBrookTrout | Feb 4, 2017 |
First Didion I read. ( )
  bookofmoons | Sep 2, 2016 |
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"Terror is the given of the place." The place is El Salvador in 1982, at the ghastly height of its civil war. The writer is Joan Didion, who delivers an anatomy of that country's particular brand of terror–its mechanisms, rationales, and intimate relation to United States foreign policy.As ash travels from battlefields to body dumps, interviews a puppet president, and considers the distinctly Salvadoran grammar of the verb "to disappear," Didion gives us a book that is germane to any country in which bloodshed has become a standard tool of politics.

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