By Carlos Liscano
The testimonio of 1 of Latin AmericaвЂ™s prime writers, Truck of Fools is a searing own account of incarceration and torture. It remembers the authorвЂ™s 13 years as a political prisoner of UruguayвЂ™s neofascist regime in the course of the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties. An acutely perceptive poet-novelist, Carlos Liscano deals precise perception into not just the actual and mental plight of the prisoner but in addition the frame of mind of his tormentors.
Composed as a chain of short, quite often non-sequential vignettes, Truck of Fools combines thoughts either painful and poignant with passages that give some thought to what enforced solitude and systematically inflicted discomfort do to the brain and physique. The authorвЂ™s memories of formative years and interactions along with his captors and fellow prisoners, his descriptions of particular tortures and interrogations, his meditations at the human will to outlive and the both human capability for evilвЂ”such elements shape a robust mosaic that's frequently frightening, but simply as usually inspiring. ''The prisoner,'' Liscano writes, ''holds onto whatever past the rational, the definable. Dignity sustains him.''
The first significant paintings via Liscano to seem in English, this e-book additionally comprises an essay, ''A existence with no Object(s),'' within which the writer displays on how the brutalities of felony corrupt and deform language. Repudiating such debasements of ''the word,'' Truck of Fools is the eloquent memoir of a guy who controlled to reclaim his voice, who discovered the worth of phrases that talk the reality, of phrases that ''should be stored to allow them to store us.''