A Funny Dirty Little War

Osvaldo Soriano, Author Readers International $12.5 (108p) ISBN 978-0-930523-17-6
In this political satire of postwar Argentina, a group of village officials, ordered by their city bosses to find ""infiltrators,'' brands the council leader and the local tax collector ``Marxist-Communists'' and sets out to arrest them. The two falsely accused men put up a fight, leading quickly to a siege of city hall, shootings, assassinations, arson, bombings. In a day, much of the village is destroyed in a spurious fight between people who all consider themselves followers of Peron. (Typically, a series of hostile notes between the two sides ends with the same phrase, ``Peron or Death!'') Reminiscent of works by Kurt Vonnegut and Vladimir Voinovich, this farce mirrors Argentina's self-destruction over the last three decades. Although written in 1980, it was published in that country only after the fall of the military junta in 1983. (March)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
Paperback - 108 pages - 978-0-930523-18-3
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