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Looking for Alicia: The Unfinished Life of an Argentinian Rebel

USA: Oxford University Press, April 2022. 320 pages. Link
Canada: House of Anansi Press, April 2022. 320 pages. Link

Looking for Alicia
Looking for Alicia

It started with a coincidence — when Marc Raboy happened to discover that he shared a surname with a young leftwing Argentinian journalist who in June 1976 was ambushed by a rightwing death squad while driving with her family in the city of Mendoza. Alicia’s partner, the celebrated poet and fellow Montonero Francisco “Paco” Urondo, was killed on the spot. Their baby daughter was taken and placed in an orphanage. Her daughter was ultimately rescued but Alicia was never heard from again.

In Looking for Alicia, Raboy pursues her story not simply to learn what happened when the post-Perón government in Argentina turned to state terror, but to understand what drove Alicia and others to risk their lives to oppose it. Author and subject share not only a surname — a distant ancestral connection — but youthful rebellion, journalistic ambition, and the radical politics that were a hallmark of the 1960s. Their destinies diverged through a combination of choice and circumstance.

Using family archives, interviews with those who knew her, and transcripts from the 2011 trial of former Argentine security forces personnel involved in her disappearance, Raboy reassembles Alicia’s story. He supplements his narrative with documents from Argentina’s attempts to deal with the legacy of the military dictatorship, such as the 1984 report of the National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons, Nunca Más (“Never Again”); as well as secret diplomatic correspondence recently made public through the U.S. State Department’s Argentina Declassification Project.

Looking for Alicia immerses readers in the years of state terror in Argentina which, decades later, cast their shadow still. It also gives an unforgettably human face to the many thousands who disappeared during that dark era, those they left behind, and the power of the memories that bind them.

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Quebec Writers’ Federation Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction (2022)



Hispanic American Historical Review review (May 2023)
H-LatAm review (April 2023)
Radio interview, CKVL-FM (December 12, 2022)
White Wall Review review (December 2022)
Literary Review of Canada review (November 2022)
Guarda con el libro review (October 2022)
The Canadian Jewish News review (September 8, 2022)
The Senior Times review (September 2022)
Journal de Montréal / Journal de Québec review (August 6, 2022)
Jacobin review (July 16, 2022)
Forward review (June 3, 2022)
Marc Raboy article in OtherNews (June 3, 2022)
Excerpt from “Looking for Alicia” in rabble.ca (June 2, 2022)
Op-ed by Marc Raboy in Toronto Star (May 8, 2022)
Chai Montreal podcast (May 2022)
Winnipeg Free Press review (April 23, 2022)
CBC-TV “Our Montreal” interview (April 9, 2022)
Jewish Book Council review (April 4, 2022)
CTV-TV News interview (April 2022)
New Books Network podcast (April 2022)
Stuph File podcast (April 2022)
Post by Marc Raboy in OUP blog, March 24, 2022.