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Salvador

Joan Didion

El Salvador, 1982, is at the height of a ghastly civil war. Joan Didion travels from battlefields to body dumps, interviews a puppet president, considers the distinctly Salvadorean meaning of the verb ‘to disappear’ and trains a merciless eye not only on the terror there but also on the depredations and evasions of US foreign policy. Salvador is a restless and unflinching masterclass in the art of reportage by one of the great literary stylists of the twentieth century.

  • Published: 07/02/2019
  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781783785230
  • 129x20mm, pages

The Author

Joan Didion was born in California. She has been a novelist, essayist and screenwriter and her books include Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, Salvador and the memoir Where I Was From. The Year of Magical Thinking, written after the sudden death of her husband, won the 2005 National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Memoir and became a best-seller. In 2009, Didion was made an honorary Doctors of Letters by Harvard University. She lives in New York.

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