There was a military coup in and people began to disappear. Partnoy was one of those who suffered through the ordeals of becoming a political prisoner. She was taken from her home, leaving behind her month-old daughter, on January 12, , by the Argentinian Army and imprisoned at a concentration camp named The Little School  La Escuelita. She spent two and a half years as a prisoner of conscience, with no charges. In , she was forced to leave the country, coming to the U.
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One of Argentina's 30, "disappeared", Alicia Partnoy was abducted from her home by secret police and taken to a concentration camp where she was tortured, and where most of the other prisoners were killed. Smuggled out and published anonymously, The Little School is Partnoy's memoir of her disappearance and imprisonment. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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To ask other readers questions about Little School , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Alicia is a survivor of the Argentine dictatorship of the 's who was taken without legal process to a secret prison and tortured there. In Argentina these secret prisons are often called "concentration camps" but to me that term is being used for emotional weight and is inaccurate.
Camps are open air, hold large numbers of inmates, kill with disease and forced labor as much as by violence, and their existence is publicly acknowledged to maximize terror. None of this was true in the Argentine Alicia is a survivor of the Argentine dictatorship of the 's who was taken without legal process to a secret prison and tortured there.
None of this was true in the Argentine case and these secret facilities, to my mind, resemble the prisons of the Inquisition or the Czar more than the camps of the Nazis or the Gulag. Americans who speak casually about "waterboarding", "muscular interrogation", and suspension of habeus corpus should know where this leads.
There was no excuse for this in Argentina and there is no excuse for it in the United States. President Obama seems to be stopping it for now January but whether this will be backed up by legislation and adherence to international treaties, like putting Americans under the jurisdiction of the World Court for war crimes, remains to be seen.
As of now, the next President could go back to torture and secret prisons as easily as Obama reversed Bush's policies. That was an early hope, now seen to be hollow. May 16, Kara rated it really liked it Shelves: world-lit-by-women-course-list. Most readers are confused by the shift in the narrative voice, and it's best to approach these stories as testimonial vignettes of the Little School, a detention center and torture chamber emblematic of many during Argentina's "dirty war.
While many of the guards were exonerated of their torturous deeds, Partno Most readers are confused by the shift in the narrative voice, and it's best to approach these stories as testimonial vignettes of the Little School, a detention center and torture chamber emblematic of many during Argentina's "dirty war.
A very important text of the twentieth century. Apr 19, J. Argentina has often been a hotbed for political activism. The fear that someone could barge into our homes and take us prisoner against our wills is unfamiliar to Amer Argentina has often been a hotbed for political activism. The fear that someone could barge into our homes and take us prisoner against our wills is unfamiliar to Americans.
We say what we want, when we want, in ways that loudly broadcast our own beliefs, mostly without fear of reprimand or repercussion. Alicia Partnoy's book, The Little School, is an eye-opener, to say the least. Within the pages of this slim volume lies a fictionalized account of her own imprisonment at the hands of the military that overtook her government.
What makes her stories more profound is the knowledge that this didn't happen a lifetime ago but in the late 's, when most Americans were reveling in newfound freedoms of expression. While teenagers in the United States were expressing their views on warfare, feminism, and sexuality, their peers in Argentina were being silenced for daring to speak out against the government.
By , over 30, people "disappeared. Parents watched helplessly as their children were taken by force from their homes; small children cried on doorsteps or were scooped up by relatives as their own parents were taken from them. Though the preface states that the stories are fictional accounts, the truth of Partnoy's experience is poignantly clear.
Without detailing exact punishments or tortures, she nonetheless spells out clearly for her readers the agony and pain the prisoners endured on a daily basis. They were kept blindfolded and bound, forced to stand or lie completely still for hours on end in a room full of fellow prisoners with whom they were forbidden to speak. It is the small details that make these stories so heartbreaking. A child's nursery rhyme that runs endlessly through the mind of one prisoner while being tortured.
A friend's jacket that shields the guard's blows once that friend is removed from the school, possibly killed. A broken tooth kept in a matchbox that reminds one prisoner she is still "whole. The sheer delight in catching raindrops in the palm of a hand where the window leaks during a storm. These elements drive home the desperation and despair hinted at in the stories. They make the moments real, in a way more detailed explanations of the torture endured could not.
Such a book will encourage readers to recognize their own freedom, which many take for granted, while serving as a constant reminder to be vigilant against atrocities that endanger freedom everywhere. Feb 09, Rachel Life of a Female Bibliophile rated it it was amazing.
Through these short vignettes, we gain glimpses of the people she met while being held captive, and the torture they experienced. This is another assigned novel for my Human Rights literature class and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
I love the narration style and it was heartbreaking to read the conditions the people lived in and the torture they went through. Our narrator Alicia, is being able to peek under the blindfold, despite it dangerous consequences, she continues to document the truth of the atrocities and crimes that are being committed and can sometimes is able to prevent situations that happen throughout the novel. Through its fictionalization, the author is able to write the novel like a memoir, but also gives vivid, lyrical descriptions of each event.
May 10, Amy Lenord rated it really liked it Shelves: biography-memoir , hispanic-history-and-culture. I really loved reading this book despite the sadness and the tragedy the author faced. I am horrified, yet fascinated with the histories of Latin American countries and I searched out a book like this not to enjoy, but to educate myself. Although Partnoy is sharing immense darkness with us, she is so very human and miraculously finds a way to share with us the minutia that the human mind focuses on in search of comfort, to stave off insanity and to preserve that which makes us human.
The Little S I really loved reading this book despite the sadness and the tragedy the author faced. The Little School is an important read and should be compared to books like Night by Elie Weisel or The Diary of Anne Frank because so little is widely known about the horrors that have taken place and continue to take place in Latin American countries under dictatorships.
Jul 18, Xandria rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , war-lit , historical , literary-nonfiction , south-america. The Little School is based off of Alicia Partnoy's experience as one of Argentina's 30, disappeared people. The Little School is really a prison where terrible torture occurs against people who hold different political ideologies. Partnoy focuses on other things besides the torture; we see how she navigates holding on to her sanity by focusing on other details, such as having a shoe with a plastic daisy on it.
At the end, Partnoy includes the names and ages of some individuals who have still The Little School is based off of Alicia Partnoy's experience as one of Argentina's 30, disappeared people. At the end, Partnoy includes the names and ages of some individuals who have still yet to be found since disappearing. I first read this book in the late s when working on my degree for Latin American Studies.
It is only one of many books on this subject, however Alicia Partnoy's voice is so clear that the reader is present in the concentration camp - as frightening as this may be.
Her simple human beauty also shines through the pages of this very sad tale - she may show anger and cynicism, but is never overcome by hate. Mar 24, Tianna rated it really liked it Shelves: nonfiction. The Goodreads page numbers are inaccurate as usual, but I really enjoyed this book. It was such a fast read - really only about 90 pages condensed. The vivid descriptions and poetry are amazing.
This was probably the best book I've been assigned to read in college so far. Hiighly recommend. The only thing that didn't earn the 5 stars was the fact that I kept questioning how certain characters were related to the narrator because there wasn't as much back story as there could've been. May 26, Corina Prince rated it really liked it. This was a sad yet compelling book!
Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival