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Year of publication: 2021
Valuation: recommendable

I hope, although reality insists on constantly disappointing that hope, that one of the teachings that the generations after mine are clear about has to do with the convenience of maintaining religious beliefs (whoever has them) within the scope of the privacy and the development of one’s own existence. Because, even knowing where we come from, we insist (even worse, many of our rulers do) on contaminating with religious fanaticism a too relevant part of our future, of our decisions. Perhaps this reflection may seem exaggerated to some, but just look. What have been the most relevant conflicts in the last fifty years to see that religious fundamentalism is the germ behind them.

Tamara Tenenbaum is a young Argentine whose father died in the 1994 attack that Hezbollah, probably directed by the Iranian government, carried out against the AMIA, an Argentine-Israeli friendship association that was the target of an attack in which she was one of the eighty and five fatalities. This question is a recurring theme in the book because that absence is remembered and even capital events are a consequence of that tragedy. The author is going to become the owner of an apartment, the acquisition of which was important in collecting compensation for the attack. Although I don’t quite perceive that the entire novel has that issue as its central focus.

In fact, the narrative would be a direct, reflective text, with language free of prejudices and far from modesty, without qualms. Since Cartarescu I didn’t remember an opening paragraph mentioning lice. The fundamental value here is that generational testimony, that will to rupture exercised without resentment or acrimony, but without an iota of regret, without any intention of apologizing for his actions. Nor do I think that the text should be interpreted in terms of a gender claim, and that is something very appreciable, because the key to this book, brief, without a very defined opening and climax, is its naturalness, although sometimes we may think ( that title) that we look over the precipice, Tenenbaum is always clear and frank.

Also from Tamara Tenenbaum in ULAD: The end of love


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