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My Name is Light Paperback – 20 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (20 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747561613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747561613
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 959,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A woman’s quest to discover the truth about herself and her country’s history. -- Big Issue

An affecting story of bravery in a culture of fear. -- Sunday Herald

Osorio writes about Argentina’s turbulent past with an eye for the universal truths and personal tragedies. -- Scotsman

About the Author

Elsa Osorio is an award-winning writer and teacher. Winner of the Premio Nacional de Literatura in Argentina for this novel, she now lives in Madrid.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary_10 on 5 Nov 2008
Format: Paperback
Twenty-year-old Luz, an Argentinian, is on holiday in Madrid with her husband and new-born son. But secretly she has a mission, to find her real father. Carlos was a 'desaparecido', one of the many political activists in Argentina who literally 'disappeared' during its brutal military dictatorship in the seventies, while her mother, a political prisoner, was killed trying to flee the country. The newly born Luz was secretly adopted by a wealthy couple, unaware of her true origins. Only three people know Luz's real identity, Eduardo, her adoptive father, racked by guilt at this deception; the powerful and corrupt General Alfonso, her grandfather, determined to keep the secret buried; and Miriam, the prostitute who befriended Luz's real mother in her final days and who returns from exile determined to tell Luz the truth.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mul on 13 April 2005
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After travelling around South America for the summer I thought some books about the region would be interesting. This was my first and set a high standard to follow.
The insight to Argentina's/SA's past is fascinating. The main character is intriguing and keeps you interested from start to finish. For someone such as myself, who tends to be easily distracted away from a book, this was a brilliant read.
Would recommend to anyone who dreams of their travels and enjoys a thriller with historical value in the bargain. enjoy.
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Book group loved this book 28 Feb 2013
By Hollandmom - Published on
The book group that I'm in loved this book and people were discussing it with passion when they bumped into each other at the grocery store before the meeting. It was a fast paced and fascinating book to read, though it was sad and quite disturbing at times due to being set in Argentina during the Dirty War. I would highly recommend this book to others. The members of my book group have very different tastes yet, we all liked this book.
However, I've meet people who found the book confusing and who didn't care for it at all.
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Interesting...but not that great 16 Mar 2012
By TCB in a Flash - Published on
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I wouldn't normally have reviewed this book, but since the only review for it was 5 stars, I felt I needed to offer a balanced opinion. The book starts off great then drags on for the last two-thirds. The author does a great job of weaving in the history of the Dirty War in Argentina and the difficulty that followed during the transition to democracy. She also artfully shows the interesting conflict of opinions of those who ignored or even supported the actions of the Argentine military and the rationale of the "subversives." In the case of the storyline, the truth is better than the fiction. All of the really interesting parts actually happened and the story the author chose to tell around those could have been better. An ok read, but definitely not a 5 star book.
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riveting 11 May 2008
By R. Baldino - Published on
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This goes on my list of one of the best books I've ever read. The storytelling style was perfect. The characters were amazing; each one a significant part of the history of the disappeared to be told.
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