September 17, 2013 7:00pmTuesday, September 17th @ 7:00pm McNally Jackson 52 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
Celebrate the launch of the first English translation of Operation Massacre with translator Daniella Gitlin and Michael Greenberg, who wrote a beautiful introduction to the book, in a bilingual conversation moderated by Ernesto Semán on Tuesday, September 17th at 7:00pm at McNally Jackson.
Operation Massacre, by Argentine journalist Rodolfo Walsh, is a detailed account of the night of June 9th, 1956 when twelve men in a Buenos Aires suburb were arrested on suspicion of conspiring against the military government, and were taken to a garbage dump on the edge of the city and executed. Seven of the doomed men survived and Walsh tracked them down and tells their stories of that fateful night.
Walsh went on to publish four versions of the book in Argentina and worked tirelessly to seek justice for the men who were killed and to speak out against the military regimes that destroyed so many lives. A day after submitting his now famous 1977 “Open Letter from a Writer to the Military Junta,” Walsh was gunned down in the street by agents of the State and his body was never found.
Daniella Gitlin is a writer, translator, and editor. She studied comparative literature at Princeton University and spent a year in Buenos Aires working with Poder Ciudadano, the local affiliate of Transparency International. She acquired Operation Massacre for Seven Stories Press and wrote the translator’s note of introduction.
Michael Greenberg’s memoir, Hurry Down Sunshine (2008), has been translated into eighteen languages and was named a best book of the year by Time Magazine, Library Journal and Amazon.com. A collection of his essays, Beg, Borrow Steal: A Writer’s Life, was published in 2009. From 2003-2009, Greenberg wrote the “Freelance” column in the Times Literary Supplement. In 2010-2012 he was the author and creator of “The Accidentalist” column in Bookforum. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books.
Ernesto Semán is an Argentine writer living in Brooklyn. He was a journalist for several years for the Argentine newspapers Clarín and Página/12. He holds a PhD in Latin American History from NYU and writes regularly about literature, history and politics in several journals, newspapers and magazines in Latin America and the United States. Ernesto’s last book is Soy un Bravo Piloto de la Nueva China (Mondadori, Buenos Aires, 2011).
Daniella Gitlin, Michael Greenberg, and Ernesto Semán will be available for Q & A and book signing after the event. To learn more, go to the McNally Jackson event page.