Gitlan and Argentinian writer and journalist Ernesto Semán discuss Rodolfo Walsh's book
Operation Massacre Book LaunchMcNally Jackson Books (52 Prince Street, New York, NY) Map it Free
Celebrate the launch of Operation Massacre with Daniella Gitlan and Ernesto Semán, who will be in bilingual conversation moderated by Michael Greenberg on Thursday, September 19th at 7:00pm at McNally Jackson.
In 1956, Argentina's president Juán Perón had just been ousted by a military coup, and terror grips the land. June 9, 1956, eighteen people were executed on account of a failed Peronist uprising. December 1956, sometime journalist and crime fiction writer Rodolfo Walsh learned by chance that one of the executed civilians from a separate, secret execution in June is alive, and there might be other survivors.
Operation Massacre, called a “captivating and clear-eyed book” by Publishers Weekly, is true crime story fueled by intrigue and mystery expertly written by Rodolfo Walsh and fluently translated by Daniella Gitlan. This event will bring Gitlan and Argentinian writer and journalist Ernesto Semán together in conversation about translation, journalism, and this Latin American classic, available in English for the first time.
Daniella Gitlin is a writer, translator, and editor. She studied comparative literature at Princeton University and spent a year in Buenos Aires working with Poder Ciudadano, the local affiliate of Transparency International.
Michael Greenberg’s memoir, Hurry Down Sunshine (2008), has been translated into eighteen languages and was named a best book of the year by Time Magazine, Library Journal and Amazon.com. A collection of his essays, Beg, Borrow Steal: A Writer’s Life, was published in 2009. From 2003-2009, Greenberg wrote the “Freelance” column in the Times Literary Supplement. In 2010-2012 he was the author and creator of “The Accidentalist” column in Bookforum. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books.
Ernesto Semán is an Argentine writer living in Brooklyn. He was a journalist for several years in Argentine newspapers Clarín and Página/12. He holds a PhD in Latin American History at NYU and writes regularly about literature, history and politics in several journals, newspapers and magazines in Latin America and the United States. Ernesto’s last book is “Soy un Bravo Piloto de la Nueva China,” (fiction, Mondadori, Buenos Aires 2011).