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One of Argentina's disappeared School Tales Kindle #216 Alicia Partnoy was abducted from her home by secret poli. Argentina has often been a hotbed for political activism Even those unfamiliar with foreign governments know of Juan Per n and his wife Eva immortalized in Andrew Lloyd Webber s catchy musical Evita For many of us the concept of a military coup is unfathomable such actions are relegated to footnotes in history books dates learned in school and forgotten once we re tested on them The fear that someone could barge into our homes and take us prisoner against our wills is unfamiliar to Americans We say what we want when we want in ways that loudly broadcast our own beliefs mostly without fear of reprimand or repercussionAlicia Partnoy s book The Little School is an eye opener to say the least Within the pages of this slim volume lies a fictionalized account of her own imprisonment at the hands of the military that overtook her government What makes her stories profound is the knowledge that this didn t happen a lifetime ago but in the late 1970 s when most Americans were reveling in newfound freedoms of expression While teenagers in the United States were expressing their views on warfare feminism and sexuality their peers in Argentina were being silenced for daring to speak out against the governmentBy 1979 over 30000 people disappeared Most of these were young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 though Partnoy s book mentions some friends of hers who were abducted when they were merely 15 years of age Parents watched helplessly as their children were taken by force from their homes small children cried on doorsteps or were scooped up by relatives as their own parents were taken from them These disappeared were transferred and held blindfolded immobilized inadeuately fed and clothed tortured in a secret concentration camp Partnoy calls The Little SchoolThis book documents the stories of those imprisoned Though the preface states that the stories are fictional accounts the truth of Partnoy s experience is poignantly clear Without detailing exact punishments or tortures she nonetheless spells out clearly for her readers the agony and pain the prisoners endured on a daily basis They were kept blindfolded and bound forced to stand or lie completely still for hours on end in a room full of fellow prisoners with whom they were forbidden to speakIt is the small details that make these stories so heartbreaking A child s nursery rhyme that runs endlessly through the mind of one prisoner while being tortured A friend s jacket that shields the guard s blows once that friend is removed from the school possibly killed A broken tooth kept in a matchbox that reminds one prisoner she is still whole The glimpses of life another prisoner catches through the bottom of the blindfold where it doesn t uite lay flat against her cheeks The sheer delight in catching raindrops in the palm of a hand where the window leaks during a stormThese elements drive home the desperation and despair hinted at in the stories They make the moments real in a way detailed explanations of the torture endured could not Even without knowing the exact political views that caused the prisoners to be kidnapped and held readers will empathize with the stories feeling both a lingering helplessness at the prisoners plights and an overwhelming indignation at the injustice imposed upon the rights of fellow human beings Such a book will encourage readers to recognize their own freedom which many take for granted while serving as a constant reminder to be vigilant against atrocities that endanger freedom everywhere

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The Little School Tales of Disappearance Survival in Argentina

Ce and taken to a concentration camp where she was tortured and where most of the other prisoners were killed Sm. This short fictionalized novel tells the story of Alicia s disappearance during the Dirty War in Argentina which was a period of state terrorism against political rebels The military and security forces lead guerrilla warfare against these progressive rebels and anyone believed to be associated with socialism Our narrator recounts her experiences while being held at The Little School a detention center controlled by the military regime Through these short vignettes we gain glimpses of the people she met while being held captive and the torture they experiencedThis is another assigned novel for my Human Rights literature class and I thoroughly enjoyed it I love the narration style and it was heartbreaking to read the conditions the people lived in and the torture they went through The novel explores the theme of vision and the overall five senses as it s prisoners are physically and metaphorically blinded Our narrator Alicia is being able to peek under the blindfold despite it dangerous conseuences she continues to document the truth of the atrocities and crimes that are being committed and can sometimes is able to prevent situations that happen throughout the novel Through its fictionalization the author is able to write the novel like a memoir but also gives vivid lyrical descriptions of each event

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Uggled out and published anonymously The Little School is Partnoy's memoir of her disappearance and imprisonment. This was a sad yet compelling book It s sad to think that at the time these events took place in a completely different country the victims stated were all around my age How some survived baffles me They had a tremendous amount of hope and held on as long as they could I truly wish I could visit the author and just be able to tell her I a complete stranger is there for her


10 thoughts on “The Little School Tales of Disappearance Survival in Argentina

  1. says:

    Alicia is a survivor of the Argentine dictatorship of the 1970's who was taken without legal process to a secret prison and tortured there In Argentina these secret prisons are often called concentration camps but to me tha

  2. says:

    Most readers are confused by the shift in the narrative voice and it's best to approach these stories as testimonial vignet

  3. says:

    Argentina has often been a hotbed for political activism Even those unfamiliar with foreign governments know of Juan Perón and his wife Eva immortalized in Andrew Lloyd Webber's catchy musical Evita For many of us the concept of a military c

  4. says:

    This short fictionalized novel tells the story of Alicia’s disappearance during the Dirty War in Argentina which was a period of state terrorism against political rebels The military and security forces lead guerrilla warfare against these progressive rebels’ and anyone believed to be associated with socialism Our narr

  5. says:

    I really loved reading this book despite the sadness and the tragedy the author faced I am horrified yet fascinated with the histories of Latin American countries and I searched out a book like this not to enjoy but to educate myself Although Partnoy is sharing immense darkness with us she is so very human and miraculously

  6. says:

    The Little School is based off of Alicia Partnoy's experience as one of Argentina's 30000 disappeared people The Little School is really a prison where terrible torture occurs against people who hold different political ideologies Partnoy focuses on other things besides the torture; we see how she navigates holding on to her sanity by focusing on other details such as having a shoe with a plastic daisy on it At the end Partnoy includes t

  7. says:

    I first read this book in the late 1980s when working on my degree for Latin American Studies It is only one of many books on this s

  8. says:

    The Goodreads page numbers are inaccurate as usual but I really enjoyed this book It was such a fast read really only about 90 pages condensed The vivid descriptions and poetry are amazing This was probably the best book I've been as

  9. says:

    This was a sad yet compelling book It's sad to think that at the time these events took place in a completely diff

  10. says:

    The pain of the desaparecidos is brought to life in this little gem that reads like real memories

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