Time Travel Novel Takes Readers To Dark Chapter Of Argentine History

Dec 4, 2018

Cover of the new book by J.D. Cortese, 'The Sound of a Broken Chain.'
Credit Courtesy of J.D. Cortese

From the mid-1970s to early 1980s, tens of thousands of Argentines who were believed to be political dissidents were kidnapped, tortured and killed by military and security forces. Those who were never seen again are called los desaparecidos. 

In his new novel “The Sound of a Broken Chain” (Opportuna Libri/2018), Argentine-born J.D. Cortese takes readers back to this period in the country’s history, which he lived through himself.

In it, the novel’s teenage protagonists become entangled in the political crisis, and as the story develops, a messenger from the future tries to warn of more chaos to come. Host Frank Stasio speaks with writer J.D. Cortese about his book and his own upbringing in Argentina. Cortese hosts a reading at Dog-Eared Books in Raleigh on January 19 at 1 p.m.