Originally published in Spanish. A graphic novel, part documentary, part fiction, using the fotonovela form to imagine the two hours before the terrorist attack against the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires in 1994. Explores the faulty police investigation of the atrocity, and minorities' vulnerability in democratic societies.
At 9:53 on the morning of July 18, 1994, a suicide bomber drove a Renault Trafic van loaded with explosives into the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina, a Jewish community center in the bustling commercial neighborhood of Once, Buenos Aires. The explosion left eighty-five people dead and over three hundred wounded. Originally published in Spanish amid widespread controversy, Once@9:53am: Terror in Buenos Aires imagines the two hours before the attack through the popular format of the fotonovela.
Part documentary, part fiction, this vivid retelling of Argentina's deadliest bombing depicts a vibrant, complex urban community in the hours before its identity was forever changed. This expanded English edition includes a new essay by Ilan Stavans detailing the aftermath of the attack and the faulty investigations that have yet to yield any arrests or reach resolution.
A unique and powerful visual experience, Once@9:53am is both a commemoration of an atrocity that shifted Latin American Jewish identity in innumerable ways and an ingenious use of a popular format to explore the dangerous intersection of politics and religion in Latin America.
-Rabbi Jack Riemer, Jewish News Service
-Frederick Luis Aldama, author of The Aesthetics of Discomfort (with Herbert Lindenberger) and Your Brain on Latino Comics
-Mitchell Abidor, Jewish Currents
-Julian Voloj, Jewish Book Council
Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and the publisher of Restless Books. His books include On Borrowed Words (2001) and Quixote: The Novel and the World (2015). He is the general editor of The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature.
Marcelo Brodsky trained at the International Center of Photography, Barcelona. He is a member of the Buena Memoria human rights organization and the Pro-Monument to the Victims of Terrorism Commission.