Victim-perpetrador dialectics as causation in the novel Con sangre de hermanos

Keywords: perpetrators, Nicaraguan civil wars, FSLN, political violence, dictatorships, trauma, communism

Abstract

This paper deals with the novel Con sangre de hermanos. It demonstrates how the characters firstly become deeply affected by Somoza’s National Guard repression. Then they cope with those traumas and dissociations in an unethical way: killing and persecuting opposition members. Moreover, Sandinistas look able to be in the “grey area” and to sacrifice themselves for the leftist party. It ends up with an FSLN (Sandinista National Liberation Front) strengthened by the crimes and betrayals to its own members. It concludes that this book has been structured as a perpetrator novel.

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Published
2021-06-30