Reading and discussion with Daniella Gitlin, translator of Operation Massacre, and Daniel Balderston, director of the Borges Center

September 26, 2013 7:00pm

Thursday, September 26th @ 7pm
City of Asylum/Pittsburgh
324 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Celebrate the publication of the first English translation of Operation Massacre with translator Daniella Gitlin, who will be in conversation with University of Pittsburgh professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures Daniel Balderston on Thursday, September 26th at 7pm at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh.

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.

Daniel Balderston is a Mellon Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at University of Pittsburgh, the director of the Borges Center and the editor of Variaciones Borges. His recent publications include Approaches to Teaching Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman and Borges, realidades y simulacros.

Daniella Gitlin and Daniel Balderston will be available for Q & A after the event. To find out more, visit the City of Asylum event page.


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