Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Didion on El Salvador

Joan Didion was on a roll in the 1980s, writing about the excesses of the Reagan administration and its fight against Communism.  This is seen very clearly in Salvador, an account of her journey to El Salvador in the early 1980s.

This was an extremely dangerous time to travel to that country.  Embroiled in a civil war, reporters, aid workers and all manner of people were brutally slayed. Didion presents this palpable sense of fear with a well grounding in the exploration of the (then) current situation in the country, its history of violence and instability, and numerous American missteps in the region. 

A short, tense book, Didion captures a time of proxy American imperialism and narrowly sighted interests.

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