ResistanceAuthor: Julián Fuks Publishing company: Companhia das Letras Segment: Obras Gerais Number of pages: 144 About publishing company: Publisher Contact: ISBN: 9788535926378
“My brother was adopted, but I can not and do not want to say that my brother was adopted”. That is the opening line written by Sebastiá, the narrator of Julián Fuks’ autobiographical novel where the memories of a country are dramatically linked to a family’s own memories.
In the terrifying atmosphere of late 1970’s Buenos Aires, a young militant couple engaged in the resistance against the military regime adopts a child. The setting seemed to be at its worst: denounced by friends and colleagues, people were being captured by an abominable repressive apparatus and women—many of whom were abandoned by their families— would sometimes give birth during torture sessions. Amid this ever-growing oppression, the couple and their baby flee to Brazil, believing it to be a more tranquil country to
raise a family in and pursue their lives.
The boy grows, his parents give him a brother and a sister, and the family relations become more intricate. As psychoanalysts, the parents are familiar with the theories on adopted and biological children, — especially Winnicott’s theory — but life is always different from any specialized literature. It is up to Sebastián, the sensitive youngest son, to examine this past of violence and exile, and more importantly, to
rewrite the family’s narrative. The result, written in a prose that is both lyrical and essayistic, is a powerful account where Sebastián’s intimate past and the history of a country overlap in an ingenious manner that reminds recent successes from Argentinean fiction such as The Secret in Their Eyes.