Champions of the world: A novel

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Mine, who covered South America as an Associated Press reporter, offers a compelling first novel about Argentina. The first half takes place in 1978, the year Argentina is host to the soccer World Cupand under public scrutinyduring the "dirty war" conducted by its military junta. The Maglione family is a microcosm of the nation: Santiago, an aeronautical engineer who works within the system to protect pk his kin; Diego, his brother, a physician who, along with his wife Ana, sides with the opposition; and their children, who become victims of the state and family politics. Mine does not flinch from depicting scenes of torture nor does he sentimentalize the grief of the Argentine citizenry as the effects of this "war" take their toll. The novel's second half is set in 1982, the year of the war waged by the tyrannous junta against Britain, over the Falkland Islands. The military makes last, desperate efforts to somehow change the inevitable course of defeat; and Santiago, once a government loyalist but a witness, slowy and grimly, to the loss of his family, strikes a massive blow for the opposition.
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Like Lawrence Thornton's Imagining Argentina ( LJ 10/1/87), Mine's novel is an attempt by a U.S. writer to represent recent political history by focusing on the lives of a single Argentine family. Both writers contend with the anguish of mass killing and the survivor's struggle, but Mine does not allow his characters to resolve their grief by ascribing spiritual logic to the deaths and disappearances of loved ones. Instead, by emphasizing the Argentine government's continued brutality and manipulation of nationalism after Videla's deposition, he shows that his characters' strength is their ability to act politically despite a loss of faith. Recommended. Mollie Brodsky, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, N.J.
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