>> Wednesday, October 30, 2002

I interrupted my reading of Mercy to pounce on a book my mother brought home yesterday: El Vino de la Muerte (The Wine of Death), by Alvaro Alfonso. The melodramatic title refers to an episode which happened here in Uruguay in 1978, during the dictatorship, when 3 leaders of the National Party received bottles containing poisoned wine. One person (the wife of one of them) died, and the book chronicles the episode and the unsuccessful investigation.

It was an interesting book, especially because it's hard to find books here which deal with things that happened during the dictatorship without showing an obvious bias.


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