The Secret in Their Eyes by Eduardo Sacheri

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Benjamín Chaparro is a retired detective still obsessed by the brutal, decades-old rape and murder of a young married woman in her own bedroom. While attempting to write a book about the case, he revisits the details of the investigation. As he reaches into the past, Chaparro also recalls the beginning of his long, unrequited love for Irene Hornos, then just an intern, now a respected judge. Set in the Buenos Aires of the 1970s, Sacheri’s tale reveals the underpinnings of Argentina’s Dirty War and takes on the question of justice—what it really means and in whose hands it belongs.
 
 

About Eduardo Sacheri

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Eduardo Sacheri was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. His first collection of short stories, Esperándolo a Tito y otros cuentos de fútbol (Waiting for Tito and Other Soccer Stories) was published in Spain in 2000 under the title Traidores y otros cuentos (Traitors and Other Stories). Three other collections were published between 2001 and 2007, all of which have been best sellers in Argentina. His novel La pregunta de sus ojos has been sold into eight territories, and the film adaptation, The Secret inTheir Eyes, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2010. John Cullen is the translator of many books from Spanish, French, German, and Italian, including Margaret Mazzantini's Don't Move, Yasmina Khadra's Middle East Trilogy (The Swallows of Kabul, The Attack, The Sirens of Baghdad), Christa Wolf's Medea, and Manuel de Lope's The Wrong Blood (Other Press). He lives in upstate New York.
 
Published October 18, 2011 by Other Press. 397 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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A brutal murder is the starting point for this strange, compelling journey through Argentina's criminal-justice system; the Argentinian writer's 2005 novel inspired the same-named film that won the 2009 Foreign Language Oscar.

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Examiner

The older Benjamin that we are introduced to in the beginning of the book is writing his story and looking back on his life.

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Suite 101

So how has City of God (Meirelles/Lund, 2002) achieved this?

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Reviewing the Evidence

Benjamín Chaparro has turned sixty and is retiring from his position as a deputy clerk in the Argentine judicial system.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

In one of the novel's finest scenes, for example, when Morales shows Chaparro some family photographs of his murdered wife, the investigator suddenly glimpses the truth.

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The New Yorker

In Buenos Aires in 1974, a criminal-court investigator, Benjamin Espósito (Ricardo Darín), arrives at a crime scene bantering and cursing with a colleague, and sees the naked corpse of a beautiful young woman.

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Fiction Writers Review

Popular Argentinian writer Eduardo Sacheri has said that “writing is a special way to read.” In this review of The Secret in Their Eyes, Denise Delgado explores the similarities and differences between Sacheri’s first novel and the Academy-Award winning film adaptation he helped write.

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Fiction Writers Review

Chaparro is uncertain about the whole enterprise—why he wants to tell this story, if he should be writing it, and what it’s really about: “…[I]t’s not my story I want to tell,” he writes by way of introduction, “it’s Morales’s story, or Isidoro Gomez’s, which is the same story but seen from the o...

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Arts Fuse

her example was Sophie’s Choice, but we won’t get into that now.) In any case, there seemed some logic in the coincidence, since the movie actually came out and won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2010 before the book was published in English, and on its cover there is a medallion that reads “...

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Avid Mystery Reader

The Secret in Their Eyes represents what I aim for in my reading: an intelligently well told crime story set abroad that informs on history and injustice in an era that is not so well known.

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The Wall Street Journal

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The surprise winner of this year’s Best Foreign Film Oscar, “The Secret in Their Eyes” revolves around Benjamin Esposito (Ricardo Darín), a middle-aged retiree who is obsessed with solving the 1974 murder of a young women which slipped through his fingers.

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