El Salvador, 1982, is the height of a ghastly civil war. The author travels from battlefields to body dumps, interviews a puppet president, considers the distinctly Salvadoran meaning of the verb 'to disappear' and trains a merciless eye on the terror there as well as on the depredations and evasions of US foreign policy.
El Salvador, 1982, is the height of a ghastly civil war. Joan Didion travels from battlefields to body dumps, interviews a puppet president, considers the distinctly Salvadoran meaning of the verb 'to disappear' and trains a merciless eye not only on the terror there but also on the depredations and evasions of US foreign policy.
With an Introduction by Tim Adams 'A writer of haunting power and global vision who sees a world on the edge of nervous breakdown and is not afraid to deliver the news' Sunday Telegraph 'Didion is one of America's finest literary stylists, most penetrating reporters and acutest critics' The Times 'A precise, humane and meticulously truthful writer' Zadie Smith 'She is one of the true talents of our age' Colm Toibin 'It is quite impossible to deny the artistic brilliance of her reportage. She brings El Salvador to life so that it ends up invading our flesh' New York Times 'Didion has the instincts of an exceptional reporter and a novelist's appreciation for the surreal... Her clarity of style illuminates the vast darkness that engulfs El Salvador' Los Angeles Times Book Review 'Her tough, beautiful, surgically precise prose is like nothing else I've ever read' Donna Tartt Didion's latest book, The Year of Magical Thinking (Fourth Estate), is in its sixth printing
About Joan Didion
Joan Didion is a novelist, essayist and screenwriter. Her books include Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, Miami, and the recent memoir The Year of Magical Thinking. She lives in New York.
Salvador by Joan Didion
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