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En esa precoz pericia se juega su futuro, puesto en vilo una y otra vez por los cabos sueltos de la vida en fuga. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about La casa de los conejos , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about La casa de los conejos.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of La casa de los conejos. Laura Alcoba was born in Argentina in and has lived in Paris since she was 10 years old, when she fled Argentina during the period in the country's history referred to as The Dirty War.
Her father was in prison and her mother had already fled, a wanted woman. In The Rabbit House , Laura rarely refers to the political situation that forced them to live in hiding, for her to have to change her name and be extra careful about how she engaged with others, it is written from the perspective of her Laura Alcoba was born in Argentina in and has lived in Paris since she was 10 years old, when she fled Argentina during the period in the country's history referred to as The Dirty War.
In The Rabbit House , Laura rarely refers to the political situation that forced them to live in hiding, for her to have to change her name and be extra careful about how she engaged with others, it is written from the perspective of her 7-year-old self, as she recalls the events and changes that occurred in their lives at the time.
After her father is imprisoned, Laura and her mother go into hiding in a house in the suburbs, living with a young couple, the woman Diana pregnant with her first child. During the day "the labourer" and "the engineer" come to the house allegedly to build a rabbit house, a place to breed rabbits, a cover for a job to create an underground space in which to house a printing press, to print and distribute a banned publication.
These visible sacks justify - we hope - the endless comings and goings of the grey van. In this way we flaunt the busyness and waste materials appropriate to a modest rabbit breeding project. But behind the rabbit breeding area is concealed a whole other building site, huge, on another scale entirely - because the house we live in was chosen to hide the secret Montonero printing press. A visit with her paternal grandparents to see her father in prison is so traumatising she is physically sick and it is decided not to take the risk again, the fear clearly outweighing any benefit in seeing him.
I was reminded of Marcelo Figueras's book Kamchatka which I read in , a novel also written from a childs perspective, set in , Figueras uses the novel form to inspire his storytelling, clearly drawing from his own memory and experiences of that same era.
The writing and narrating of Laura's story is simplistic yet intense, she effectively portrays that sense of unease and desire of the child to not create trouble, but not knowing quite how, when the situation is complex and unknown and she is destablised by the visible fear of the grown-ups, shown through how quickly they anger when they fear she may has crossed a forbidden threshold.
View 2 comments. This novel, relating the true story of a child of the "Montoneros" during the time of the dictatorship in Argentina, was originally written in French as the author and her mother were able to escape to France.
Its all the more moving as it is told through the eyes of an admittedly very intelligent little child, with her indiscretions and the attempts of both her and her family and friend to hold on to her childhood in a hostile World.
Beautifully and simply written, its a small novel with a larg This novel, relating the true story of a child of the "Montoneros" during the time of the dictatorship in Argentina, was originally written in French as the author and her mother were able to escape to France. Beautifully and simply written, its a small novel with a large impact. The Rabbit House is a short and poignant personal memoir of the onset of Argentina's military dictatorship, told from the perspective of a seven-year-old girl whose parents were involved in the Montonero resistance movement.
The book effectively captures the paranoia of her family and their associates as they seek to disguise their involvement in the secret printing and distribution of the Montonero newspaper by going underground and posing as rabbit farmers.
Alcoba's prose skillfully The Rabbit House is a short and poignant personal memoir of the onset of Argentina's military dictatorship, told from the perspective of a seven-year-old girl whose parents were involved in the Montonero resistance movement. Alcoba's prose skillfully balances the voice of the book's child protagonist—her need for attention and respect from elders; the personal ruptures of switching schools and homes; her growing sense of political understanding, however influenced by her adult mentors—with the adult author's attempt to comprehend and cope with the betrayal that radically transformed her childhood.
While the personal memoir is engaging in its own right, The Rabbit House also offers a unique child's perspective on issues of memory, popular resistance, state terror, and dirty war. Well worth the read. Told through the eyes of a knowing child this moving book is required reading for all who want to know more about what it was like to live through the dark days of Argentina's oppression. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Compelling and shocking. You hope the engineer got his comeuppance. This book could have been so much more had it been a fictionalised account. In this true story the tension rises and just when we are expecting the denouement the family leave the country.
I wanted to hear the account of the young girl when the house was raided. Or a final showdown with the engineer.
A fictionalised true account, akin to W G Sebald, would have been so powerful. A really good book, I enjoyed the reading. Apr 20, Nerina rated it liked it. Easy, fast and sad. There are things we can't changw about our history. In short, but never staccato, prose, Alcoba sketches her life as a young girl in the resistance.
Her fear and incomprehension of the situation is constantly underminded by the realisation that nowhere is safe. Shelves: published , translation , spring , south-americas. BBC blurb - Laura Alcoba was the daughter of members of the Montoneros, a militant left-wing organisation engaged in a bitter and violent conflict with the military government in Argentina in what later came to be called the 'dirty war' of the s.
Her memoir of living through this turbulent time is a powerful and moving account of political upheaval seen thorugh the eyes of a young child, who knows enough to be frightened, but not enough to understand. With her father in prison, she and her m BBC blurb - Laura Alcoba was the daughter of members of the Montoneros, a militant left-wing organisation engaged in a bitter and violent conflict with the military government in Argentina in what later came to be called the 'dirty war' of the s.
With her father in prison, she and her mother move into a safe house in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, where they run a rabbit breeding business as a cover for the backroom operation of the Montoneros' clandestine printing press, turning out copies of their revolutionary newspaper for distribution all over the city. The seven year-old Laura is brought up among secrecy, subterfuge and silence, and learns very early the importance of keeping hr muth shut, and the danger of loose talk or careless behaviour.
But there's also love and laughter in the Rabbit House, and a comforting sense of loyalty and friendship - which she only later discovers to have been betrayed most horribly.
Laura Alcoba's story of living through violence and political turbulence is about the Argentina of only thirty years ago, and she speaks for a generation who carry the scars of that time. The emotions she remembers from her childhood are those still felt by children all around the world living on the front line of fear, violence and uncertainty as adults wars rage around them. Laura Alcoba now lives in Paris.
This was a beautiful, haunting story. I wish I could read French so I could read Alcoba's follow-up. I also wish I knew more about Argentinian history, because there were parts that were not perfectly familiar to me, but the larger political picture is really not what matters most here, I think: it's the horror of growing up a child in the midst of what amounts to civil war, and Alcoba's prose captured that perfectly however much we wish no one had to.
This gem of a memoir not only provides a portrait of Argentina in the s, it shifts your perspective, and shows you a world as experienced by a child.
It's also making me think about what it means to experience the world as an adult, and the ways in which that experience is so mediated by habit and training. UK: Laura Barber. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Laura Alcoba. Laura Alcoba. Laura Alcoba es una escritora y traductora franco-argentina. La casa de los conejos , su primera novela, fue publicada originalmente en Francia por Gallimard y tra Laura Alcoba es una escritora y traductora franco-argentina.
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