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April 26, 2014, 9:55 am
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“These days I think a lot about the teachers at San Roque.  They may have been a little plodding, but they erected an effective barrier against the violence of the outside world which never once crossed the threshold of the school; from other accounts, I know that at the time many schools degenerated into savagery, wielding the only language they knew to express themselves.  I am certain that none of these teachers knew the effect they had on me.  But I remember them: I see them in the teachers of today, whose barricades bear the scars of greater and more insidious battles.  The fact they go on working day after day is a constant affront to the powers of this world who foster ignorance, for they know that it is a prerequisite of their power: they need the stupid, the lazy, the docile.”

From Marcelo Figueras’ magnificent novel Kamchatka, about the life of ten year old Harry during the appalling military coup d’etat in Argentina in 1976.


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