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Something Fierce

Something Fierce

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Written by Carmen AguirreAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Carmen Aguirre

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage Canada
  • On Sale: March 25, 2014
  • Price: $19.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-81382-4 (0-345-81382-0)
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The winner of CBC’s Canada Reads 2012, Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, re-issued by Vintage Canada.      

Six-year-old Carmen Aguirre fled to Canada with her family following General Augusto Pinochet’s violent 1973 coup in Chile. Five years later, when her mother and stepfather returned to South America as Chilean resistance members, Carmen and her sister went with them, quickly assuming double lives of their own. At 18, Carmen became a militant herself, plunging further into a world of terror, paranoia and euphoria.

Something Fierce
takes the reader inside war-ridden Peru, dictator-ruled Bolivia, post-Malvinas Argentina and Pinochet’s Chile in the eventful decade between 1979 and 1989. Dramatic, suspenseful and darkly comic, it is a rare first-hand account of revolutionary life and a passionate argument against forgetting.
 
“Raw, courageously honest and funny; an insightful journey into the formation of a revolutionary soul.”— The Globe and Mail

“A coming-of-age story that blends birthday parties and puppy love with indoctrination in the tradecraft of subversion: how to arrange the delivery of secret documents, how to lose a police tail, how to lead a double life.” —Toronto Star