I found this book very good, and very sad. Set in Buenos Ayres in the 1970's, it starts by telling us the everyday life of a Jewish family: mother, father and son, with all the everyday contrasts that are typical in a family with a young son who seems to be growing apart from his parents.
Then something happens, and through the story of this family, Englander tries to imagine how it must have been for people during the Argentinian dictatorship, what hopes and fears they felt in a time where it was very dangerous to express anything at all, and how these dynamics influenced relationships inside the families. He does this not only with sensitivity, but also with great creativity, describing things that did happen in a way that creates a dreamlike, surreal atmosphere around them.
I really really enjoyed reading this book, I've always been interested in the topic of Argentina 1976-1983, and I liked how Englander approached it in a creative, yet well-informed way. Definitely recommended....Continua