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No one who read Lawrence Thornton's stunning debut novel, Imagining Argentina, will ever forget its mesmerizing narrative voice, its mixture of realism and magic, or its haunting story of Argentina's Disappeared -- the thousands who vanished without a trace during their country's Dirty War.
Now Thornton, in an electrifying new work, returns to Argentina in the tale of a young woman's mysterious resurrection following a massacre in a killing field. After walking across the pampas, she appears on a doorstep in Buenos Aires, where she is taken in by a couple, both physicians, whose fierce reliance on the rational, explainable world has been shaken by their own daughter's disappearance. Locked inside the girl -- mute but for her first words on arrival, "I am" -- are the stories and names of eleven Argentinians executed in the night, representing the hope and despair of a people struggling to heal the devastating scars left by one fallen regime. The ghostly voices of these eleven carry the narrative of Thornton's powerful novel, lending a moving lyricism to its searing story of loss and redemption.
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In the sequel to his critically acclaimed, award-winning Imagining Argentina, Thornton returns to Argentina and the Dirty War. Narrated by the ghostly voices of eleven Desaparecidos, this is the story of a young massacre survivor and her extraordinary effect on the family that shelters her.From the Back Cover:
"In Naming the Spirits, Lawrence Thornton writes beautifully and brilliantly. A totally absorbing -- and haunting -- book."
-- Alice Adams
"The novel has a dreamy, elegiac quality...it builds an atmosphere of quiet horror that eventually elicits a visceral response....Thornton again demonstrates his ability to personalize the dimensions of political mass murder."
-- Publishers Weekly
"Naming the Spirits is strong, direct, and resonant -- a moving story, a crucial bearing of witness."
-- Frederick Busch
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Book Description Doubleday, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0385475527
Book Description Doubleday, 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0385475527