The Revolution's Neverending Stories: Liliana Heker's El fin de la historia

Stephanie M. Pridgeon, Catholic University of America


This article considers the legacy of 1970s revolutionary thought and political action within Argentine cultural production. Liliana Hekers 1996 novel El fin de la historia is a fictional depiction of Montonera 'Lucy' Carazo, who was taken as a political prisoner, fell in love with and seduced her captor, and went on to collaborate with the military regime. Similar stories continue to arise and generate a great deal of debate in present-day Argentina, at the same time that Heker's novel itself continues to elicit controversial critical and cultural responses. This close reading of the novel thus situates itself within present-day debates regarding the ethics and politics of 1970s armed struggle as well as ongoing debates concerning individuals who abjure or betray their commitment to 1970s revolutionary causes. The analysis focuses on seduction and sexuality as a means of leading the novels protagonist astray from the cultural topoi of revolutionary martyrdom and heroism.