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Imagining Argentina ➩ Imagining Argentina Ebook ➯ Author Lawrence Thornton – Imagining Argentina is set in the dark days of the late 1970's when thousands of Argentineans disappeared without a trace into the general's prison cells and torture chambers When Carlos Ruweda's wife Imagining Argentina is set in the dark days of the late 's when thousands of Argentineans disappeared without a trace into the general's prison cells and torture chambers When Carlos Ruweda's wife is suddenly taken from him he discovers a magical gift In waking dreams he had clear visions of the fates of the disappeared But he cannot imagine what has happened to his own wife Driven to near madness his mind cannot be taken away imagination stories and the mystical secrets of the human spirit.

10 thoughts on “Imagining Argentina

  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    If you are forced to live in a nightmare you survive by realizing that you can re imagine it that some day you can return to reality Lawrence Thornton image from Simon Schuster Imagining Argentina is a very rich book considering its modest length It tells of Carlos Rueda a writer who has an unusual gift He can see what has happened to disappeared people when asked by those close to them His ability allows him to see that his wife a political journalist is still alive even after years as a captive of the generals In a beautifully told tale Thornton show us how the junta affected individual lives families communities What is real and what is imagination? Using the magical realism of South American literature the author imbues his tale with images and events beyond the realm of normal life It is a moving and beautifully written novel content and form in wonderful combination

  2. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly says:

    The material is rich with dramatic possibilities Argentina during the dark days of military dictatorship in the late 1970s when thousands disappeared abducted and killed for opposing or just being critical of the military regimeWhile I was reading it for unknown reasons I got this feeling that the author is constantly fighting off a personal inadeuacy so that he keeps on failing to bring to a bursting point the heart of his readers which is how such a book should be to make it a good read That is why I had time to notice trivia like a snide innuendo he made against the church remembering that the present pope came from Argentina and had been criticized for allegedly not standing up to the powers that be during those years of los desaparecidos and that the vehicle of choice here for the abductors was the green Falcon I wonder which car manufacturer carried this brand the Falcon? In Mario Vargas Llosa's The Feast of the Goat set during the long brutal reign of the dictator Trujillo of the Dominican Republic it was the Volkswagen Beetle which was the dreaded chariot of death Good that during both times they didn't have cheap vans or SUVs yet Otherwise they would have made abductions of people efficientlyThe principal protagonist here had a journalist wife who was taken after writing a critical article about young students who had been kidnapped en masse earlier Thereafter he discovered after trying to find his missing wife and failing to do so that he has some psychic powers that he can actually dream about the fate of some of those who had likewise disappeared and foretell whether they would come back alive or whether they had died But even this and the subseuent abduction of his only daughter failed to make the novel take offMuch praised see its blurbs and award winning 1987 Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award but I don't care

  3. Michelle Michelle says:

    It's Argentina week for me I read this book last weekend and saw my friends' documentary on the land grab involving Mapuche indians in Patagonia several days later These two were mutually reinforcing In the case of the dirty war the shock was that we've forgotten so uickly; for the Mapuche that we didn't know their houses were literally being ripped apartBut I digress This is a lovely story and a work of magical realism that tells the truth The text is uite reserved told through a narrator who is an observer than a participant in the events of the story yet boundless with hope And now cue what Susannah said about making a believer out of a pragmatist Thanks for the book recommendation

  4. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    The first of Lawrence Thornton's trilogy about Argentina's dirty war Imagining Argentina is a nightmarish story of a children's theater director Carlos Rueda whose outspoken wife and innocent daughter disappear during the period of right wing military rule following the ouster of Juan Peron's widow Isabel Peron 1976 82 Based on true stories of those who survived their abductions Thornton weaves a tale using a magical realism style of writing that won this work the HemingwayPEN award After his wife disappears Carolos Rueda develops a clairvoyance allowing him to see imagine what has happened to those abducted His reputation spreads and soon his home is filled with desperate people trying to find out what has happened to their loved ones The torture and rape seuences are freuent long difficult to read and horrific This is a powerful story and a reminder that man's capacity for cruelty and evil continue to coexist with all that is good and beautiful in our world Scary Amnesty International has estimated that between 10000 and 300000 Argentinians disappeared during this period Infants were taken from families and given to those who were loyal to 'the generals Families to this day continue to search for those still missing and not accounted for The failed war with the British over the Faulkland Islands resulted in the overthrow of the generals Although tried and convicted the miltary's damage to the country was incalculable Within a few years Argentina's economy collapsed and the resulting run on banks and devaluation of currency forced over 50% of the middle class into poverty

  5. Amanda Stecco Amanda Stecco says:

    I found this book on a sidewalk in DC before I moved to Brooklyn and being from Argentina decided to pick it up I figured I'd give it a read at some pointI finally grabbed it one morning on my way to work and I am so glad I did I FELT this book A lot The whole time I thought of my family and what those poor people went through I imagined my own cousins and aunts and uncles and felt so sick to my stomach But these things need to be remembered It even prompted to me to ask my Nonna about it I found out her step brother was one of the disappeared and when I go home this weekend we plan on talking about it over some mate Something I love about this book is that the author managed to create ties between this and the Holocaust I know they are completely separate situations but the suffering and torture endured is not dissimilar and as someone who is both Jewish and Argentine seeing all parts of my ancestry intertwined was very moving It was hard not to think of all of my family members while reading this I've always been incredibly proud of my heritage and while this period of time for Argentina does not make me beam with pride the strength that its citizens my family showed and continue to show does

  6. Barbara Barbara says:

    I read this book when it was first published in the late 80's I have been meaning to reread it for awhile The simple title describes so much about this story It is about hope and imagining the possibilities I have lived in South America since reading this book in southern Brazil which shares the gaucho culture and vast countryside found in neighboring Uruguay and Argentina I have also visited Chile three times since the late 90's Brazil Chile and Argentina all experienced years of undemocratic rule by generals political repression and disappearances though the Argentine Dirty War from 1976 1983 was perhaps the most brutal Many details of this story are not only poignant but deeply symbolic the Children's Theater where the main character Carlos Rueda works illustrates not only the hope for the future but that not even children were insulated during this period The Holocaust survivors in this story link it to the evil of the Nazis some of who escaped to Argentina The title Imaginging Argentina reflects Carlos's gift of visions of the fates of the disappeared and his gift seems uite possible in the context An aspect of this period that struck me most forcefully was the continuous denial by the generals of the disappearances Those in power often deny the legitimacy of calls for justice or clamor for change We are all familiar with the phrase speak truth to power and this is what the Madres of the Plaza de Mayo started doing in 1977 They met every Thursday to march asking where their loved ones were and continued until 2006 when their final demands were met by President Krichner

  7. Lilly Lilly says:

    this was given to me years ago and last night i finally picked it up despite its not compelling cover i can't put it down laterSo in the end I really liked this book It was engaging from page 1 but held the pace through the endOn a personal note it took me back to Buenos Aires which I had the pleasure of living in for a short while many years ago And it made me want to go back effective immediately But it showed me a much sadder mystical side of the cityThe book uses magical realism in a way to tell the story of the Dirty War and those who were affected by the overnight kidnappings and in most cases murders of intellectuals and other liberals as well as a disgustingly large number of mistaken identity situations To tell the tale the story focuses on the art of storytelling and the power of belief wrapped into the lives of a small community of those left behind piecing together the mystery of the Disappeared Very well done I kept having to flip back to the author page because I couldn't believe it could be written so beautifully by an outsider much less an American see also Memoirs of a Geisha

  8. Marsha Marsha says:

    This was my second time reading this book and I liked it just as much this time through It is set in Argentina during the Dirty War in the late 1970s There was a military takeover and while the Generals were in power thousands of people disappeared children students dissenters journalists professors etc The government didn't acknowledge those who disappeared and there was a climate of fear and repression Those taken were tortured and usually killed This book is about the power and strength of imagination memory and personal conviction After Carlos Rueda's wife is taken he discovers he has a spiritual mystical gift In his mind he can see the stories of others who have been taken and as he tells them they come true It is a tough read because of the violence that is done to the disappeareds but the writing is beautiful

  9. Peter Barlow Peter Barlow says:

    Just reread after a long absence Every bit as lush as I remember

  10. Meghan Meghan says:

    Meghan Darigan Imagining Argentina by Lawrence Thornton is the strange yet intriguing story of a man named Carlos Rueda Carlos has the incredible ability of being able to see the fates of those who have been taken by Argentina’s government through vivid visions Carlos’ wife Cecilia is soon taken by Argentina’s government for writing a controversial article about children who went missing in La Paz and Carlos is grief stricken Shortly after when one of his theater students father is taken he learns of his gift He sees the fate of the boy’s father and tells him his father will be returned When this comes true Carlos’ world is transformed Just by thinking of a person who went missing he can see what happened to them and what will happen to them Carlos starts holding weekly meetings and has people tell him what happened to their loved ones Even though the endings aren’t always happy people still get closure and get closer to knowing what is really happening With the help of Carlos families are reunited and people who have lost their loved one are given closure Even he is reunited with his family Imagining Argentina is truly a great piece of work It is full of mystery drama and suspense With that in mind however it also has deep morals and motifs I really love books that have meaningful messages and mystery this book gave me a two in one It’s filled with mystery about what has happened to the missing people in Argentina People know that the government has taken them but that’s about it They don’t know what actually happened to them or why the government is taking them Carlos’ ability to see into the lives and fates of people also is a major mystery How can he see into the lives of people he has never met? We are conditioned to think that abilities such as seeing the future are impossible but what if they are not Thornton gives a cryptic sense of Carlos’ ability which posed the uestion of can what Carlos is able to do really happen? Not only does the mystery of his gift pose uestions but the disappearances do as well Argentina’s government is taking people without even blinking and this has to make anyone wonder why? Do they have something to hide? It also poses real life uestions Can this happen to us? Today the government has a scary amount of control over people and it sounds possible that they could just take people That why I loved this book it has suspense and a little bit of science fiction however it isn’t far fetched at all Thornton also sends us messages throughout the book however One moral or message is to persevere Even when Carlos’ wife goes missing he doesn’t give up on finding out what happened to her or to others He never gives up on trying to find her Also this book tells us to be selfless When Carlos finds out about his gift he could have used it just for himself to find his wife but he shares it with everyone He helps others to be reunited and get closure rather than just giving up and being selfish This is one of my favorite fiction books now because it has suspense yet it also carries useful lessons It also makes you ask yourself uestions and make connections throughout reading I would very highly recommend this book to anyone

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