THE COMVAnATIST LATIN AMERICAN DICTATORSHIP IN ERICH HACKL'S NOVEL SARA UND SIMÓN AND MIGUEL ASTURIAS'S EL SEÑOR PRESIDENTE Gabriele Eckart When Austrian writer Erich Hackl's novel Sara und Simón was published in 1995, the truth about the military dictatorship in Argentina from 1976 to 1983 was not widely known. The majority of the Argentine military had not yet admitted that approximately thirty thousand people had been made to "disappear," among them children as well as adults. In order to understand Hackl's intention in writing this novel it is important to know that, until that time, the majority of Argentines continued to support the military's declaration that the reports of these disappearances were pure fiction: Den Aussagen der überlebenden Opfer hatte die Mehrheit der Argentinier kaum Beachtung geschenkt. Die Mütter und Großmütter von Verschwundenen, die jeden Donnerstag vor dem Präsidentensitz auf der Plaza de Mayo für die Herausgabe ihrer Kinder demonstrieren, nannten viele nur 'locas,' Verrückte. ("Mein Gefängnis" 200). The majority of Argentines hardly paid attention to the statements of surviving victims. The mothers and grandmothers ofthe vanished were called crazy, because they were demonstrating every Thursday in front of the Presidential Place for the return of their children.1
The Comparatist – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Oct 3, 2001
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