Who Do You Think You Are?
The Search for Argentina's Lost Children
4.25 x 7 inches, 96 pp. 2010
ISBN : 9781906497774
Rs 395.00 (HB)
Who Do You Think You Are? is a powerful and startling look at our ideas of human identity as seen through the example of a generation of lost children born under Argentina’s military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983. As Andrew Graham-Yooll explains, the killings during the dictatorship were enacted under a particularly chilling and conniving plan: A group of senior military officers drew up a policy of disappearing guerrilla rivals and subsequently forcing the adoption of their now orphaned children into the supposedly more suitable families of the ruling class. The goal of this practice was annihilation and cultural domination, the cancellation of unwanted and threatening family identities.
Though we may want to believe that such atrocities cannot happen again in enlightened societies, the Argentine example proves otherwise. With Who Do You Think You Are?, Graham-Yooll weaves together ideas from literary texts and studies of childhood in order to define what exactly we mean when we speak of identity—who we are, where we come from and where we belong.
Andrew Graham-Yooll was born in Buenos Aires of a Scottish father and an English mother. He is the author of nearly 30 books, including A State of Fear: Memories of Argentina’s Nightmare and The Forgotten Colony: A History of the English-speaking Communities in Argentina. Formerly the editor of the Buenos Aires Herald, he is now reader’s editor for Perfil in Buenos Aires
Manifestos of the 21st Century