Friday, September 13, 2013

Victor Jara

There have been a lot of articles appearing lately about the the 1973 coup in Chile which took place 40 years ago yesterday.  The one I found most affecting appeared today in El País describing an appearance by Bruce Springsteen in Santiago.  He honored the anniversary of that terrible event with a tribute to the Chilean singer/songwriter Victor Jara who was executed by Pinochet's thugs.  As was the case with the killing of García Lorca, by murdering a gentle poet the dictator only  helped to ensure that the voice of his victim would remain strong for generations.

There is also a good over-view of the literature of the period available in the "Cultura" section of El País.

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