Once@9:53am: Terror in Buenos Aires by Ilan StavansOnce@9:53am: Terror in Buenos Aires by Ilan Stavans

Once@9:53am: Terror in Buenos Aires

byIlan StavansPhotographed byMarcelo BrodskyAfterword byIlan Stavans

Paperback | October 14, 2016

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At 9:53 on the morning of July 18, 1994, a suicide bomber drove a Renault Trafic van loaded with explosives into the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina, a Jewish community center in the bustling commercial neighborhood of Once, Buenos Aires. The explosion left eighty-five people dead and over three hundred wounded. Originally published in Spanish amid widespread controversy, Once@9:53am: Terror in Buenos Aires imagines the two hours before the attack through the popular format of the fotonovela.

Part documentary, part fiction, this vivid retelling of Argentina’s deadliest bombing depicts a vibrant, complex urban community in the hours before its identity was forever changed. This expanded English edition includes a new essay by Ilan Stavans detailing the aftermath of the attack and the faulty investigations that have yet to yield any arrests or reach resolution.

A unique and powerful visual experience, Once@9:53am is both a commemoration of an atrocity that shifted Latin American Jewish identity in innumerable ways and an ingenious use of a popular format to explore the dangerous intersection of politics and religion in Latin America.

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College and the publisher of Restless Books. His books include On Borrowed Words (2001) and Quixote: The Novel and the World (2015). He is the general editor of The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature.Marcelo Brodsky trained at the International C...
Title:Once@9:53am: Terror in Buenos AiresFormat:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 10.25 × 6.75 × 0.5 inPublished:October 14, 2016Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271077182

ISBN - 13:9780271077185

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“A unique work in a unique form that should not be missed by anyone interested in Latin American Jewish culture.”

—Julian Voloj, Jewish Book Council