Remembering Argentina’s Silenced Rugby Club

By Andrew Downie

A newly translated novel pays tribute to athletes who dared to speak out against Argentina’s military junta.

Ask any sports fan what the words Argentina 1978 mean, and chances are they will recall the host nation's unforgettable World Cup win during a cold, grim June at the end of a horrific decade in Latin America. But the Argentines excel at more than one sport, and it is rugby that takes center stage in Claudio Fava’s powerful novel The Silenced, now available in English.  Set around the same time, this excellent book is based on the true story of La Plata, the rugby club whose players were targeted by the right-wing military that took control of the country in 1976 and...

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