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My Name Is Light by Elsa Osorio
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My Name Is Light (1998)

by Elsa Osorio

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My Name is Light opens with Luz, an Argentinean woman in her twenties, arriving in Madrid to meet her biological father Carlos for the first time. Luz learned in her teens that she had been adopted into a prominent family, and she set out to learn more about her origins. The reader learns these details as Luz tells her story to Carlos. Both Carlos and Liliana (Luz's biological mother) were political activists in the 1970s. The military-led Argentine government systematically "disappeared" subversive individuals, including Liliana. Carlos escaped to Spain.

The circumstances surrounding Luz's adoption, and the way in which she discovered the truth about her parents, had all the makings of a fascinating story. But this book was either poorly written or poorly translated, and failed to live up to its promise. Attempts to create suspense or emotion fell flat. Tense switched from past to present in ways that didn't quite "flow" And the point of view shifted between first, second, and third person, seemingly at random. This was most prevalent in passages concerning Luz's adoptive father Eduardo, where he would first be referred to in the third person, by name, and then in the second person, as if Luz were speaking to him.

The basic premise of this book -- the welfare of babies born to pregnant political prisoners -- could make for a dramatic, compelling story. Unfortunately, this book was so full of flaws that it was all I could do to finish. ( )
2 vote lauralkeet | Nov 28, 2008 |
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Om zeven uur 's ochtends op een warme donderdag kwamen Luz, Ramiro en hun zoontje Juan op het vliegveld Barajas aan.
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Systematisch wurden in den Jahren der argentinischen Diktatur (1976-1983) die Babys inhaftierter Regimegegnerinnen geraubt und von Militärs adoptiert. Viele Jahre später versucht eine junge Frau ? Opfer dieser Praxis ?, Licht in das Dunkel ihrer Herkunft zu bringen. Alle ihre inneren Kräfte muß Luz dabei aufbieten, um von den Schatten der Vergangenheit nicht erdrückt zu werden.

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"Luz, a twenty-year-old Argentinean, is on vacation in Madrid with her husband and newborn son. But Luz also has a secret mission - to find her real father." "Carlos was a desaparecido, one of the many political activists who disappeared in Argentina during its dictatorship in the seventies; Luz's mother, a political prisoner, was killed while trying to flee the country. Adopted as an infant by a wealthy, politically influential couple, Luz has grown up unaware of her true origins. Only three people know Luz's real identity: her adopted father, Eduardo, racked by guilt at this deception; her adopted grandfather, the powerful and corrupt General Alfonso, determined to keep the secret buried; and Miriam, the prostitute who befriended Luz's real mother in her final days and who returns from exile determined to tell Luz the truth. Faced with politics and corruption at every turn, Luz's search for her father rapidly becomes a fight to save herself."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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