978-0-14-017254-6 / 9780140172546

Children of Cain: Violence and the Violent in Latin America


Publisher:Penguin Books



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COVER PAINTING: Leon Golub, White Squad II (detail), 1982; Collection: Seattle Art Museum; Photograph: Courtesy of Josh Baer Gallery, NY. CONTENTS: Introduction; ONE Quijote; TWO The Good Sailor; THREE Dialectic; FOUR The Laboratory; FIVE The Triumph; SIX The Pig's Tail; Selected Bibliography. SYNOPSIS: Drinking coffee with hit men, sunbathing with death-squad financiers - an award-winning journalist goes behind the scenes to present six vivid and haunting portraits of violence in Latin America. An honest just in Medellin, a Maoist guerrilla of Peru's Shining Path, the fair-haired Angel of Death in Argentina's Dirty War, the pool-party rich of El Salvador, the disabused revolutionaries of Nicaragua, and the ordinary Chileans who became silent partners in Pinochet's dictatorship - these people live in Latin America, but their stories illuminate the human face of violence all over the world. Tina Rosenberg spent five years trying to understand their world and learning to live with these "children of Cain." Their stories are disturbing precisely because these people are not monsters; the faces in Children of Cain are not those of strangers. Journalist Tina Rosenberg lived and traveled extensively in Latin America from 1985 to 1991. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1987. Her work has appeared in such magazines as Esquire, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, and The New Republic.

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