Monday, December 10, 2007

In Print

The Art of Political Murder: who killed the Bishop? by Francisco Goldman (Grove Press). An account of the investigation into the murder of Bishop Juan Gerardi, Guatemala's leading human rights activist who was "bludgeoned to death in his garage on a Sunday night in 1998, two days after the presentation of a groundbreaking church-sponsored report implicating the military in the murders and disappearances of some two hundred thousand civilians. Realizing that it could not rely on police investigators or the legal system to solve the murder, the church formed its own investigative team, a group of secular young men in their twenties who called themselves Los Intocables (the Untouchables)." A tense account of a remarkable group of young people and their fight for justice.

Writing in an Age of Silence, by Sara Paretsky (Verso) Author of the bestselling Warshawski novels explores the traditions of political and literary dissent against the background of her own life, and also "traces the emergence of V. I. Warshawski from the shadows of the loner detectives that stalk the mean streets of Dashiell Hammett’s and Raymond Chandler’s novels, and in the process explores American individualism, the failure of the American dream, and the resulting dystopia".

Villages of Vision, by Gillian Darley (Five Leaves) has been reprinted in a new and enlarged edition.

The Anarchist Past and Other Essays, by Nicolas Walter (Five Leaves) is a selection of essays by the late Nicolas Walter, one time editor of the New Humanist magazine, a member of the Committee of 100, the Direct Action Committee and Spies for Peace, and a key contributor to the anarchist press as well as a prolific letter writer. Some of his best essays collected and edited by David Goodway.