Sunday, November 27, 2011

El Eternauta

There once existed a comic strip that sought to speak truth to power in Argentina during a time in which the country was rapidly devolving into dictatorship. The story uses elements of science fiction as metaphors for the paranoia, fear, destruction, and brutality perpetrated by the military junta that came to displace a more democratic form of government. As the years wore on, the author of El Eternauta became less and less subtle in his critiques of the authoritarian rule that plagued his country. So much so that he was eventually forced into hiding only to be captured and executed as the price for his opposition.

Below are some titles available in the library's collection chronicling perhaps Argentina's darkest historical period that came to be know as the Dirty War.

The Disappeared
Departing at Dawn: A Novel of Argentina's Dirty War

You can also request copies of El Eternauta via Interlibrary Loan if you are curious.

1 comment:

E. Mena said...

Readers might be interested to know that an excerpt of El Eternauta (The Eternonaut) was just published in English translation at Words Without Borders: