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Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas

Unforgetting: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution in the Americas (Hardback)

By Lovato, Roberto

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A timely and no-holds-barred tale of gang life, guerilla warfare, immigration, and intergenerational trauma, Robert Lovato's memoir and cultural critique reflects on his multifaceted life and examines many of the self-serving myths underlying modern American culture. The child of... Salvadoran immigrants, Roberto Lovato grew up in 1970s California. Joining a gang in his teens, he witnessed a friend take a bullet to the face in a coke deal gone bad and survived his own shooting. He eventually traded the violence of the streets for wartime El Salvador where he joined the guerilla movement against its corrupt, fraudulent military government. As a child. Roberto endured beatings and humiliations driven by his father Ramon's anger--a rage rooted in his own childhood in El Salvador. Raised in extreme poverty in the countryside during the time of La Matanza--in which tens of thousands of indigenous peoples were killed in the span of a few months--young Ramon also spent time in a brothel and as the leader of a small band of thieves on the streets of San Salvador. Roberto looks back to the pain of his father's youth and examines both how he survived a life straddling intersecting underworlds of family secrets, traumatic silence, and criminal black-market goods and guns, and how these forces impacted his father's life and subsequently Roberto's own. Returning from El Salvador, Roberto channeled his own pain into activism and journalism, focusing his attention on how intergenerational trauma affects individual lives and societies. In Becoming American, he makes the political personal, interweaving his story and that of his father with wider social issues, including gang life--notably that of MS-13--and the immigration crisis, to reveal the profound ties between El Salvador and the United States that have fueled the rise of both of these issues.
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ISBN 9780062938473
Released NZ 2 Dec 2020
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780062938473
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Harper
Released 2 Dec 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
 › 4 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Lovato, Roberto
Category Biography & Autobiography
Immigration & Emigration
Political Corruption
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 29mm
Dewey Code B
Weight 517g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Salvadoran Americans - Biography, Children of immigrants - Biography - United States, Fathers and sons - Biography - United States, Children of immigrants, Diplomatic relations
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade