Salvador

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El Salvador, 1982, is the height of a ghastly civil war. The author travels from battlefields to body dumps, interviews a puppet president, considers the distinctly Salvadoran meaning of the verb ‘to disappear’ and trains a merciless eye on the terror there as well as on the depredations and evasions of US foreign policy.

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El Salvador, 1982, is at the height of a ghastly civil war. Joan Didion travels from battlefields to body dumps, interviews a puppet president, considers the distinctly Salvadorean meaning of the verb ‘to disappear’ and trains a merciless eye not only on the terror there but also on the depredations and evasions of US foreign policy. Salvador is a restless and unflinching masterclass in the art of reportage by one of the great literary stylists of the twentieth century.