Salvador by Joan Didion
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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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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.
Published January 5, 2011 by Vintage. 114 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, War, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Anyone who has read accounts of Nazi Germany or Stalin's Russia or junta-ruled Argentina (Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia) will recognize the "mechanisms of terror" Didion and her husband John Gregory Dunne found on a two-week visit to El Salvador in June 1982.

Oct 10 2011 | Read Full Review of Salvador (Vintage International)

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Fountain might be working on the novel because he wants to write a novel and feels done with the short story for a while, but too often writers are pushed from their strengths toward more "marketable" projects.

Oct 22 2008 | Read Full Review of Salvador (Vintage International)

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