77 / Guillermo Saccomanno ; translated from the Spanish by Andrea G. Labinger.
- Other Title:
- Seventy seven
- First edition.
- Rochester, NY : Open Letter ; 2019. , ©2019
262 pages ; 22 cm
- Gay men -- Fiction.
Closeted gays -- Fiction.
Disappeared persons -- Argentina -- Fiction.
Nineteen seventy-seven, A.D -- Fiction.
Argentina -- History -- 1955-1983 -- Fiction.
Buenos Aires (Argentina) -- Fiction.
Nineteen seventy-seven, A.D.
Argentina -- Buenos Aires.
- Translated from the Spanish.
- "Buenos Aires, 1977. In the darkest days of the Videla dictatorship, Gómez, a gay high-school literature teacher, tries to keep a low profile as one-by-one, his friends and students begin to disappear. When Esteban, one of Gómez's favorite students, is taken away in a classroom raid, Gómez realizes that no one is safe anymore, and that asking too many questions can have lethal consequences. His life gradually becomes a paranoid, insomniac nightmare that not even his nightly forays into bars and bathhouses in search of anonymous sex can relieve. Things get even more complicated when he takes in two dissidents, putting his life at risk--especially since he's been having an affair with a homophobic, sadistic cop with ties to the military government. Told mostly in flashbacks thirty years later, 77 is rich in descriptive detail, dream sequences, and even elements of the occult, which build into a haunting novel about absence and the clash between morality and survival when living under a dictatorship"--Cover, page 4.
- Originally published in 2008.
- Labinger, Andrea G., translator.
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