Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre
Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter

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...there’s no pretense of resolution at the end of Something Fierce, no false closure. The so-called developing world is not yet free of oppression, and Carmen’s story is far from over. Instead, the book ends by looking forward: “The struggle continues. Hasta la victoria siempre.”
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Six-year-old Carmen Aguirre fled to Canada with her family following General Augusto Pinochet's violent 1973 coup in Chile. Five years later, when her mother and stepfather returned to South America as Chilean resistance members, Carmen and her sister went with them, quickly assuming double lives of their own. At eighteen, Carmen became a militant herself, plunging further into a world of terror, paranoia and euphoria.

Something Fierce takes the reader inside war-ridden Peru, dictator-ruled Bolivia, post-Malvinas Argentina and Pinochet's Chile in the eventful decade between 1979 and 1989. Dramatic, suspenseful and darkly comic, it is a rare first-hand account of revolutionary life and a passionate argument against forgetting.
 

About Carmen Aguirre

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Carmen Aguirre is a Vancouver-based writer and theatre artist who has worked extensively in North and South America. She has written or co-written eighteen plays, including The Refugee Hotel, which was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for best new play in 2010. Something Fierce is her first book.
 
Published August 6, 2013 by Vintage Canada. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Francisca Zentilli on Apr 03 2013

Something Fierce is raw, courageously honest and funny; an insightful journey into the formation of a revolutionary soul.

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Above average
Reviewed by Jose Teodoro on May 13 2011

...there’s no pretense of resolution at the end of Something Fierce, no false closure. The so-called developing world is not yet free of oppression, and Carmen’s story is far from over. Instead, the book ends by looking forward: “The struggle continues. Hasta la victoria siempre.”

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