September 17, 2013
Join Seven Stories and translator Daniella Gitlin TONIGHT at 7pm at McNally Jackson in SoHo for the official launch of the first English edition of Operation Massacre by Argentine journalist Rodolfo Walsh.
Daniella Gitlin in conversation with Michael Greenberg, moderated by Ernesto Semán.
Tuesday, September 17th at 7pm
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
Rodolfo Walsh’s classic of true-life crime reporting, Operation Massacre is a detailed account of the night of June 9th, 1956, when about a dozen men in a Buenos Aires suburb were arrested on suspicion of conspiring against the military government, and taken to a garbage dump on the edge of the city to be executed. Seven of the men survived and Walsh tracked them down and tells their stories and the aftermath of that fateful night.
Beautifully translated by Daniella Gitlin, Operation Massacre has long been a celebrated piece of true crime reportage in Latin America and is now available in English for the first time. A starred review in Kirkus calls it “a mesmerizing, prophetic tour de force of investigative journalism.”
Check out this incredible review of the book in the LA Review of Books:
“The book is a document of the effort to which a writer will go simply to hear a person’s story… Daniella Gitlin’s translation is clean, attentive to the subtleties of Walsh’s prose… In this moment of anxiety over the flow of information, confusion over the responsibilities of writers and journalists, the publication of this volume is well timed.”
Also see this great profile in Bomb Magazine:
“It’d be too cheap to call this required reading for its relevance to contemporary issues of government dishonesty and violent military suppression of opposition. It’s more than that: it’s the introduction to our literature and history of a writer of almost inconceivable courage, suppressed only by death, and of the terrible events of a night that must not be forgotten.”