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El Salvador: An Aide-Mémoire

Carolyn Forché

‘Between 1978 and 1981 I travelled between the United States and Salvador, writing reports on the war waiting to happen, drawing blueprints from memory, naming the dead.’

Carolyn Forché

Carolyn Forché has published four books of poetry, Gathering the Tribes (1976), The Country Between Us (1981), The Angel of History (1994) and Blue Hour (2003). Between 1978 and 1980 she made a number of trips to El Salvador, where she worked as a journalist and a human rights advocate. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of Scranton in 2010.

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