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Hades, Argentina

by Daniel Loedel

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Hades, Argentina by Daniel Loedel
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    Jan 2021, 304 pages

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Daniel Loedel's debut novel is a ghost story set against the backdrop of Argentina's Dirty War.

Daniel Loedel's debut novel, Hades, Argentina, opens in 1986 when we meet Tomás Orillo, a young textbook translator living in New York. Now known as Thomas Shore after escaping Argentina a decade earlier under a forged passport, his marriage is failing largely due to his inability to address his actions — and inaction — during Argentina's Dirty War, a period from 1976 to 1983 when the country's military dictatorship engaged in acts of state terrorism against suspected socialists (see Beyond the Book). Tomás learns an elderly mother figure from his childhood is on her deathbed in Buenos Aires, providing the perfect excuse for him to take a break from his relationship, and so he returns to his native country. He arrives too late — the woman has slipped into a permanent coma — but her family says she left him a message: In order to be granted a "do-over," ...

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