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Biting Silence

Published in Paperback by Avon (October, 1987)
Author: Arturo von Vacano

Un-Silenced

Arturo von Vacano's Biting Silence (an English language translation of "Morder el Silencio")
sheds light on the experiences of a journalist silenced by a Latin American military dictatorship
in the 1980s. Poignant in his description of the military regime and creative in his presentation
of contemporaneous thoughts as he is imprisoned, memories of his family, and surreal
interpretations of events to come, von Vacano keeps the reader engaged throughout the
novel. Von Vacano personalizes the horrifying reality of being punished for telling the truth and
shows that yes, it can happen to you. Released at the tail end of the "Latin boom," von Vacano
was the lone representative of Bolivian authors published in English at the time. And this was a
choice well made by Avon/Bard given the centrality of its theme -- struggling to tell the truth in
a society silenced by those in power -- to the Latin American situation, both then, and in many
cases, even now.

EXCELLENT

GREAT READ! ABOUT THE TOILS OF PERSECUTION IN LATIN AMERICA. AN INNER
PORTRAIT OF THE NOVELIST UNDER DICTATORSHIP VIVID AND LUCID WRITING
EXCELLENT BOOK ON INTELLECTUALS PERSECUTED IN LATIN AMERICA

This is a very good book expressing the personal experiences and difficulties of being a
writer/novelist in South America. It shows how harrowing dictatorship is and is a vivid account
of the psycho-emotional struggles that the intellectual endures under politically repressive
regimes. Excellent and vivid writing.
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