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A lexicon of terror : Argentina and the legacies of torture

Author: Marguerite Feitlowitz
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Feitlowitz, Marguerite.
Lexicon of terror.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1998
(OCoLC)657013391
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marguerite Feitlowitz
ISBN: 0195106350 9780195106350 0195134168 9780195134162
OCLC Number: 36817195
Description: xvii, 302 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. A Lexicon of Terror --
2. Night and Fog --
3. "Life Here Is Normal" --
4. The Land of Mourneth --
5. The House of the Blind --
6. "The Scilingo Effect" The Past Is a Predator --
Notes --
Selected Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Marguerite Feitlowitz.
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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 is 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 extensive 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 legally pardoned or never charged, live side by side with those they tortured.

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