Voices From Silence

Douglas Unger


Voices From Silence

Voices From Silence

  • Title: Voices From Silence
  • Author: Douglas Unger
  • ISBN: 9780312132040
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Hardcover



Voices from Silence is about an Argentinian family as viewed by an American journalist, Diego, once an exchange student friend of its three sons He returns to Buenos Aires when the political trial concerning the disappearance of one of the sons, Miguel Benevento, is about to take place Along with Miguel, another son, Alejo, had vanished during the 1970s when tens of thVoices from Silence is about an Argentinian family as viewed by an American journalist, Diego, once an exchange student friend of its three sons He returns to Buenos Aires when the political trial concerning the disappearance of one of the sons, Miguel Benevento, is about to take place Along with Miguel, another son, Alejo, had vanished during the 1970s when tens of thousands of such disappearances occurred Diego sets about probing the truth of those years of terror For the grieving Papa and Mama Benevento, everything they had truly cared about was taken from them with the loss of Miguel and Alejo Worst of all, they are putting their own lives at risk as their quest for the public disclosure of political crimes uncovers the treachery of friends, neighbors, and perhaps their own family.


Recent Comments "Voices From Silence"

I find this a difficult book to review since all pretense to objectivity is gone. Doug Unger is a friend, comrade, mentor, and Sorayya's teacher. This is not a novel. Doug would say that it is a "documentary novel," as "art of witness." He had to say these things as a means of honoring his second family in Argentina. This stuff happened and it happened to his intimates.I cannot agree with Nethra's criticism that the book is overwritten. Doug has probably known this story his whole life and waite [...]

Essentially, the book spans 3-4 months spent in Argentina in 1985 by Diego and his wife. In high school Diego was the foreign exchange student to the Benevento family, a family composed of Papa (Martin), Mama, and three sons, Martin Secundo, Alejo, and Miguelito. Papa was a lawyer and the family was wealthy. After Diego returns to the U. S Juan Peron dies, his wife Isabel rises to power, but because she is apparently the victim of a severe mental breakdown she is put under house arrest by the mi [...]

I found this book very powerful. Unger draws us into the realities of his characters who make their way as economic and political forces they can't control move through their lives while their family attempts to deal with the loss of two sons to the Argentinean "dirty war" of 1976-83. Unger traces the day-to-day angst of dealing with loss, memory and the lack of knowledge of how one's loved ones died. Especially when their deaths, the revolution their gave their lives to are silenced collectivel [...]


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