Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya
by Horacio Castellanos Moya
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On April 26, 1998, Monseñor Juan José Gerardi Conedera was beaten to death in his garage with a chunk of concrete, a few days after he announced the publication of a fourteen-hundred-page, four-volume report on the atrocities committed by the military during Guatemala’s endless civil war. The report detailed in painfully unambiguous terms the torture, rape, and genocide perpetrated against Guatemala’s indigenous Mayans, thought by the military to be sheltering guerilla warriors.
Senselessness, El Salvadoran writer Horacio Castellanos Moya’s first novel to be translated into English, barely mentions these names and dates, yet the basic elements of the story are present: In a nameless city, a nameless man copyedits an eleven-hundred-page, four-volume report chronicling the slaughter of an indigenous people by an
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