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Departing at Dawn
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Gloria Lisé's novel describes the neofascist military dictatorship in Argentina (1976-83) from an intimate point of view. It is a powerful portrait of Argentines caught up in the traumas that have haunted their country ever since. Lisé’s lyrical story revolves around Berta, who watches as her lover, a union organizer, is thrown from a balcony to his death the night before military dictator General Jorge Rafael Videla comes to power. Learning that she is on a list to be ‘disappeared,’ Berta flees to live with relatives in the countryside. She receives messages from her town, describing the violence of the junta, and when Berta discovers that government officials are still looking for her, she is forced into exile.

Table of Contents

  1. title page
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  1. copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. A Pig’s Head
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. 2 The Ring
  2. pp. 4-8
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  1. 3 A World Within a World
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. 4 This is My Family
  2. pp. 13-18
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  1. 5 Listening to the Radio
  2. pp. 19-28
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  1. 6 Flowers
  2. pp. 29-34
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  1. 7 The Photograph
  2. pp. 35-39
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  1. 8 Aunt Avelina
  2. pp. 40-46
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  1. 9 Her Body
  2. pp. 47-51
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  1. 10 Twenty-one Years Old
  2. pp. 52-56
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  1. 11 Trist
  2. pp. 57-60
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  1. 12 Ave Mar
  2. pp. 61-67
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  1. 13 Perhaps
  2. pp. 68-72
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  1. 14 The Messenger
  2. pp. 73-82
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  1. 15 Hell
  2. pp. 83-88
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  1. 16 The Window
  2. pp. 89-101
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  1. 17 Olpa
  2. pp. 102-107
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  1. 18 The Indian
  2. pp. 108-113
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  1. 19 A Visitor
  2. pp. 114-118
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  1. 20 Cachir
  2. pp. 119-123
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  1. 21 Lusaper Gregorian
  2. pp. 124-134
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  1. 22 Singing
  2. pp. 135-141
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  1. 23 Yacumama
  2. pp. 142-150
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  1. 24 Holy Wood
  2. pp. 151-160
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 161-162
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  1. Historical Note
  2. pp. 163-166
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  1. Translator’s Afterword
  2. pp. 167-175
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