The novel, published in Argentina in , deals with betrayal, friendship, patriotism, relationships — all set against the background of the Proceso of the s. Heker is a very well regarded prose fiction writer who remained in Argentina during the Dirty War and who was never a political prisoner, two facts that cause her novel to be looked upon with suspicion by a number of her peers. The controversial subject matter of the novel also contributes to the rather passionate reaction this work has generated in Argentina and among Argentine expatriates abroad. One of the novel's protagonists is a political prisoner, Leonora Ordaz, a Montonera who, after being subjected to physical and psychological torture, defects and becomes not only an agent of the junta, but also the lover of one of her torturers. While this type of behavior strikes us as implausible and horrifying, it's been documented that such things did occasionally take place at the time. Nevertheless, reading about them, even several decades later, leaves many readers angry and bewildered.
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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The End of the Story by Liliana Heker. A universal and indispensable writer. She begins to write the story of their friendship, but certain memories, details, and whispered allegations about Leonora's fate consistently intrude.
Leonora was born to drink life down to the bottom of the glass. But, Diana wonders, is that necessarily a virtue? Gripping, intelligent, and intricately structured, Liliana Heker's novel of an unstable revolutionary pasionaria has inflamed readers across Latin America. The End of the Story is a shocking study of the pyschology of torture, and a tragic portrait of Argentina's Dirty War.
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Jan 19, Isla McKetta rated it really liked it. One of the more difficult books I've read recently, this book challenged me to unlock the mystery of its form as it challenged me to unlock the history of Argentina. Seductive and descriptive, The End of the Story does not bow to easy expectations of how we want to believe we would act. Instead, it asks the question, "what are you really willing to fight for?
I read this book for a Spanish class on post-dictatorship literature, specifically in the southern cone. Una lectura compleja, perturbadora, original. Me habla de un taller, de una escritora que vale la pena leer y que siempre aparece en nuestras charlas. Es desde estas primeras aperturas en la cual la pregunta sobre la validez de la Historia y sus correspondientes historias conectada con la literatura explota para crear las significaciones posibles de la novela.
El estilo de Heker es envolvente y cautivante. May 30, Meaghan rated it really liked it Shelves: bookchallenge , fiction , giveaways. Really enjoyed this book but found it hard to follow at some points.
Maybe it's a cultural difference in creating narrative or maybe I just don't know that much about Argentinian history.
Both are possibilities. Really glad I read it though. May 29, Jackie rated it did not like it Shelves: historical-fiction , latin-america , giveaways , stopped-reading. This was a Goodreads giveaway book. I made it through chapter 1. The writing is very convoluted and hard to understand. Maybe it is a bad translation?
I was not even sure who the narrator was. I may pick it up and try again some day. Robert Colvin rated it really liked it May 02, Brenda rated it it was ok Mar 09, Milou Pujol rated it really liked it Jun 03, Patricia rated it liked it Mar 09, Victoria rated it really liked it Mar 28, Cemrod rated it liked it Nov 27, Marion Gothier rated it it was amazing Jun 25, Marina Trakas rated it liked it Jan 15, Federico rated it it was ok Nov 29, Marianna rated it liked it May 29, Pamela rated it it was amazing Nov 20, Cassie rated it liked it Mar 29, Mario Escobar rated it it was amazing Aug 04, Margarita Cordero rated it it was amazing May 19, Carly rated it liked it May 23, Lili Pinus rated it really liked it Sep 20, Fiction Hf Elizabeth rated it really liked it Jan 08, Barbara rated it it was amazing Feb 25, Jose Antonio rated it it was amazing Dec 22, Una Segunda Jo March rated it it was amazing Feb 24, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Readers also enjoyed. About Liliana Heker. Liliana Heker. Liliana Heker began her literary career at age 17, mentored by Argentine writer Abelardo Castillo. She has published several short story books which have been collected in "Cuentos" Alfaguara. She has also written two novels, "El fin de la historia" and "Zo Liliana Heker began her literary career at age 17, mentored by Argentine writer Abelardo Castillo. She has also written two novels, "El fin de la historia" and "Zona de clivaje", and a collection of essays called "Las hermanas de Shakespeare".
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