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Salvador

Salvador

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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

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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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"No one has interpreted the place better.... Salvador shines with enlightening observation, and its language is lean and precise, in short what we have come to expect from Ms. Didion." —The New York Times Book Review"[Didion has] the instincts of an exceptional reporter and the focus of a historian [as well as] a novelist's appreciation for the surreal. . . . Her clarity of style illuminates the vast darkness that engulfs El Salvador." —Los Angeles Times Book Review"Everything [Didion] writes grows out of close observation of the social landscape of El Salvador. And it is quite impossible to deny the artistic brilliance of her reportage. She brings the country to life so that it ends up invading our flesh."—The New York Times
Library Journal
Didion's 1983 volume captured "the terror and unpredictability permeating the El Salvadorean scene," said LJ's reviewer (LJ 3/1/83). Though political events in El Salvador are no longer in the public eye, this serves as a chronicle of a dark chapter in that country's tumultuous history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679751830
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
601,213
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.28(d)

Meet the Author

Joan Didion was born in California and lives in New York City. She is the author of five novels and seven previous books of nonfiction.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 5, 1934
Place of Birth:
Sacramento, California
Education:
B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1956

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Salvador 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
pandunne More than 1 year ago
Joan Didion's reportage of her investigative journey in the heart of a Central American civil war reveals all the attributes every serious journalist must possess. She is courageous, politically astute, intellectually attuned, socially curious, able to see the wide-view and the intimate detail as one fabric, impossible to fool, and tough as nails. Ms. Didion's coverage of the massacre of many hundreds of innocent citizens in the mountainous region of El Mazote, and, worse, the cover-up by the governments of El Savador and the United States is both heartbreaking and infuriating. This is a condemning history lesson... not just about the civil war in El Salvador, but about the corrupt North American policies that rely on its own citizen's ignorance. The hope is that this book will change that. Joan Didion at her most facile and most serious. Extraordinary.