- Publisher: Alfaguara
- Available in: Paperback
- ISBN: 9789870427759
- Published: January 1, 2013
(Nadie alzaba la voz)
Paula Varsavsky builds a harsh novel through a rough but ironic voice that leaves no room for sentimentality
It is the late 1970s, and Argentina is wracked by the worst excesses of its “Dirty Wars” as thousands are disappeared, tortured and murdered by a dying dictatorship. Luz Goldman, on the other hand, lives in a Buenos Aires bubble of wealth and privilege where such horrors are simply ignored. Luz is precocious yet solipsistic, rich yet disaffected. She and her friends spend their allowances on expensive drugs, their unfettered days having casual sex. Varsavsky’s narrator describes this life in stark language that echoes the unsentimental, bored mind of a young teen. First published in English by Ontario Review Press (2000), No One Said a Word was hailed as “an Argentine Catcher in the Rye”.
The narrator’s dry wit, sarcastic humor and irreverent charm depict the life and times of a generation of privileged Argentine teenagers who struggle to find their identity in the face of alienation and loss. Set against the backdrop of post-military repression, the political losses experienced by Argentines loom over Luz’s travails like a silent, invisible ghost.
— Gwendolyn Díaz, Ph.D., author of Women and Power in Argentine Literature
The novel’s toughness and irony surround a core of tenderness and loss, as if Luz were a kind of female Holden Caulfield….
— Marion Winik, author of First Comes Love
With a sparseness that brings Hemingwayesque echoes and a minimalist emotional restraint, the narrator, Luz Goldman, guides us through the complexities of her own psyche, a steaming force that keeps the reader totally engaged till the touching ending.
— Elena Castedo, author of Paradise
Wings Press (2013)
“La angustia de ser mujer en el Bildungsroman femenino: Varsavsky, Boullosa y Grandes”, by Olga Bezhanova at Espéculo. Revista de estudios literarios, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
“Después de Borges: apuntes sobre la nueva narrativa argentina, by Sylvia Saítta at Página Digital
Review by Wings Press (English)
Academic review by Elena Foulis at Project MUSE (English)
Recordar para creer: “bildungsroman” by Karina Elizabeth Vázquez, University of Florida
Article at Télam News Agency