My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is saga of the Firielli’s family as told by the grandmother Pajarita, her daughter Eva and her granddaughter Salome.
During Pjarita life and her marriage with Ignazio, the author introduces the glamorous city of Montevideo before Word War I.
Page 27: Monte. Vide. Eu. I see a mountain, said the first Portuguese man to sight this terrain from sea.
Just for clarification, Montevideo has only a low hill.
However after the Great War, the Uruguay’s economical breakdown just begin.
Her daughter Eva has a passion for poetry in order to surpass her sad and cruel childhood. After her marriage, she moves to Buenos Aires during the Peron’s regime in Argentina. During the birth hood of her daughter Salome, she meets Eduardo Guevara, who became afterwards the famous partisan Che Guevara .
Some hints of Getulio Vargas regime in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is also briefly described.
However, it’s Salome’s life who captivates the reader, showing during her work at the American embassy in Montevideo, how she became part of the Tupamaros.
The Tupamaros (Movimiento de Liberación Nacional-Tupamaros) was an urban guerrilla organization during the 60’s-70’s in Uruguay. Similar organizations were held in Brazil and Argentina as well in order to fight their political dictatorship.
Samole was 15 years old and stayed in prison during 13 years.
I won’t spoil the whole story but I do recommend this book for those interested on Latin American history, which was magnificently portrayed by Carolina De Robertis.