by Laura Alcoba - £7.99 Portobello Books Ltd (2009)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781846271335 | ISBN 10: 1846271339
Laura was 7 years old when her parents’ political sympathies began to draw the attention of the dictator’s regime. Before long, her father was imprisoned and Laura and her mother were forced to leave their apartment in the capital of Buenos Aires to go into hiding in a small, run-down house on the outskirts. This is the “rabbit house” where the resistance movement is building a secret printing press, and setting up a rabbit farm to conceal their activities.
Laura now finds herself living a clandestine existence – crouching beneath a blanket in the car on her way to school, forbidden from talking to friends or neighbours, and only half understanding the conversations she overhears between the adults in the house.
Intensely remembered and powerfully portrayed, this is a compelling account of growing up under a dictatorship, depicting a world hedged in by secrecy and the danger of discovery, where bonds of trust are forged and then violently betrayed.
"An extraordinary child’s eye-view of the horror of a repressive dictatorship. Her guilt, embarrassment, confusion and fear at the half understood and dangerous world of adult politics is wonderfully remembered and expressed. I enjoyed it immensely.’ "
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