New Release! 77 by Guillermo Saccomanno
We’re a few days late announcing this here, but Tuesday, February 12th was the official pub date for Guillermo Saccomanno’s 77, translated from the Spanish by Andrea G. Labinger. And today, it was featured in Vanity Fair as one of “6 Must-Read Books from Around the World.”
Here’s the full press release that Anthony put together:
“As his characters grapple with love, allegiance, and daily life under a dictatorship, every action is a form of resistance.”
What I wanted to deal with was civilian complicity, because the military dictatorship came about with the complicity of business and labor groups, and political parties—let’s not forget it came just before elections were to be held. There is a lot of documentation in Argentina, a lot of testimony, a lot of biography, a lot of work has been done on the dictatorship, but not on civilian complicity. The support of the middle class and small business has never been sufficiently exposed.
Even if you were snatched up and taken away, the others didn’t change their normal routines: they worked, went through red tape, paid their taxes, fell in love, married, and then hated one another, came and went, talked about the game, reproduced, had kids, educated them, sent them to school, and went on with their lives, their usual lives . . .