Laura was seven years old when her parents' political sympathies began to draw the attention of the dictator's regime. Before long, her father was imprisoned and Laura and her mother were forced to leave their apartment in the capital of Buenos Aires to go into hiding in a small, run-down house on the outskirts. This is the rabbit house where the resistance movement is building a secret printing press, and setting up a rabbit farm to conceal their activities. Laura now finds herself living a clandestine existence - crouching beneath a blanket in the car on her way to school, forbidden from talking to friends or neighbours, and only half understanding the conversations she overhears between the adults in the house. Intensely remembered and powerfully portrayed, this is a compelling account of growing up under a dictatorship, depicting a world hedged in by secrecy and the danger of discovery, where bonds of trust are forged and then violently betrayed.
Publisher: Granta Books
Number of pages: 160
Dimensions: 194 x 130 mm
'The Rabbit House is an intimate history woven in tenderly economic prose, evoking at times a raw, threatened humanity.' Hisham Matar 'A short, sharp memoir - Alcoba recreates a simple, touching child's-eye perspective - [and] effectively conveys the reverberating shock of a betrayal that still haunts her' Metro 'Alcoba's brief, intense volume tells its story of concealment and tragedy with a moving restraint that conveys the fear and danger of those childhood years more sharply than any hyperbole' Daily Mail