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'Un oscuro dia de justica' by Rodolfo Walsh

       

First publication, in both original Argentinian and English translation, of (Missingbooks), which intends to publish books that have never been (re)printed and are thus unobtainable or only obtainable on the second-hand market.

See http://www.missingbooks.net

'Rodolfo Walsh was a writer who related to a hard reality on many levels. He was active as a guerrilla fighter for the Monteneros, he translated crime novels, worked as a crime reporter, and carried a gun himself. Walsh's literary work is highly conceptual, and his style is refined and subtle. Walsh used fiction to create a niche for reality, but his various reports on reality and his open political criticism put his life in jeopardy. He was an early exponent of what was later to be dubbed the New Journalism, as in his best-known work 'Operation Massacre' (1957), in which he reconstructed one of the many bloodbaths for which the state was responsible. He was shot in Buenos Aires on 25 March 1977 after having criticised the state terror of Videla and his junta in an open letter. There are several accounts of how Rodolfo Walsh was killed. The newspapers wrote that he was taken from his home by men dressed as civilians, without mentioning his death. The unofficial story, told by friends and relatives, is that he was shot on the street by a military death squad. At the time when Walsh was grappling with the problem of how to give form to reality, books played an important role in his country. The hounding down of intellectuals had begun, and any book that the regime considered potentially subversive was destroyed. Books were hidden or smuggled out of the country in order to be preserved. That is how a copy of Un oscuro día de justicia passed through a library in Paris before ending up in the collection of the Amsterdam University Library, where we found it in the archives. 'Un oscuro día de justicia [A Dark Day of Justice]' is a story based on Walsh's time at an Irish boarding school in Argentina. The struggle in the schoolyard reflects the conflict-ridden society of Argentina. The book was published in 1973, a year between two dictatorships, and has never been reprinted until now.'

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Posted 3 August 2006 19:27:17

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