Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter

Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter Details

Winner of Canada Reads 2012: True Stories!

A gripping, darkly comic first-hand account of a young underground revolutionary during the Pinochet dictatorship in 1980s Chile.

On September 11, 1973, a violent coup removed Salvador Allende, the democratically elected socialist president of Chile, from office. Thousands were arrested, tortured and killed under General Augusto Pinochet's repressive new regime. Soon after the coup, six-year-old Carmen Aguirre and her younger sister fled the country with their parents for Canada and a life in exile.

In 1978, the Chilean resistance issued a call for exiled activists to return to Latin America. Most women sent their children to live with relatives or with supporters in Cuba, but Carmen's mother kept her precious girls with her. As their mother and stepfather set up a safe house for resistance members in La Paz, Bolivia, the girls' own double lives began. At eighteen, Carmen herself joined the resistance. With conventional day jobs as a cover, she and her new husband moved to Argentina to begin a dangerous new life of their own.

This dramatic, darkly funny narrative, which covers the eventful decade from 1979 to 1989, takes the reader inside war-ridden Peru, dictatorship-run Bolivia, post-Malvinas Argentina and Pinochet's Chile. Writing with passion and deep personal insight, Carmen captures her constant struggle to reconcile her commitment to the movement with the desires of her youth and her budding sexuality. 'Something Fierce' is a gripping story of love, war and resistance and a rare first-hand account of revolutionary life.

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  • Petra-X

    The blurb says it all. I don't have anything much to add. Chile, Argentina and Peru. Mad times, mad people, an intensity of belief that expressed itself in action that I think the author, daughter of ...

  • Vicky

    This is a book that had me thinking about it at night after I'd gone to bed. And also during the day when I had to stop the reading and occupy myself with other things. I'd wait patiently for the time...

  • Vicki

    Not until close to the end of Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter does Carmen Aguirre seem to finally and tellingly encapsulate the profound trauma that the life forced on her by her...

  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)

    This was a mad book. Mad in terms of the things Carmen and her sister Ale lived through as her exiled Chilean mother and her stepfather takes them from Canada back to Latin America to become undergrou...

  • Joanne Guidoccio

    At last nights book club, we had a lively discussion about Carmen Aguirres memoir, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter. While most of us were fascinated by the book and welcomed the ...

  • Laura

    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week:Born a week after the death of Che Guevara, Carmen Aguirre was always destined to become a revolutionary. After Pinochet's violent coup in Chile in 1973, her family...

  • Melinda Doucette

    I am thankful to the author for having written this book. I feel like I learned something about the world I wouldn't have otherwise ever known. I'm in awe of revolutionaries and people who dedicate th...

  • Steven Langdon

    "Something Fierce" is the memoir that won the CBC Canada Reads Contest for 2012. It is a well-written and involving account of the growing up of a Chilean daughter, transferred to Vancouver after Alle...

  • Mary Billinghurst

    I read very little non-fiction and am often disappointed when I do. Something Fierce, however, is well worth reading. Growing up as I have in middle class comfort in "socialist" Canada, I have been ig...

  • Rebekkah Patriarche

    "A story that must not die with the people who lived it." In the wake of the 2016 US election I was looking for something to help me understand the path North America might be traveling over the next ...