Unlike a conventional war waged against a standing army, a "dirty war" is waged against individuals, groups, or ideas considered subversive. Originally associated with Argentina's military regime from 1976-1983, the term has since been applied to neighboring dictatorships during the period. Indeed, it has become a byword for state-sponsored repression anywhere in the world.
"The largest and most comprehensive documentation of suspected death-squad victims ever undertaken, The Unpast is an expose of practices and attitudes toward the poor in Latin America's largest country."--Jacket.
Introduction: the turn to memory in Brazilian culture and politics -- Testimonies and the amnesty law -- A prime-time miniseries and impeachment -- Literary and official truth-telling -- From torture center to stage and site of memory -- Conclusion: memory's turns and returns.
Of the twenty-three Brazilian policemen interviewed in depth for this landmark study, fourteen were direct perpetrators of torture and murder during the three decades that included the 1964-1985 military regime.