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STEGMAYER, María. On Police Procedural Strategic Uses in Carlos Gamerro's El secreto y las voces. Anclajes [online]. 2010, vol.14, n.2, pp.175-184. ISSN 1851-4669.

In the line opened by Villa (1995) by Luis Gusman, El secreto y las voces (2005) by Carlos Gamerro returns to the issue of liability in the abduction and enforced disappearance of persons during the last dictatorship in Argentina. Moving the axis of the story from individual responsibility to collective responsibility, the novel envolves "investigation" as a literary device and uses some conventions of the detective genre not so much to lead to resolution of an enigma but to explore critically the operation of secrecy as a privileged instance in the production and circulation of meaning, both in the space of those years, as in the disturbing and urgent living memory of today. The voices at the behest of the narrator weaves the story set out to evoke that and other significant events, composing a complex figure whose interest relays not only in the investigation of the responsibility of each person but in the unique modes of articulation and production a conflicting knowledge that -in the form of secret- collectively helped to sustain the military actions in power.

Palabras clave : Detective genre; Secret; Politics; Responsibility; Memory.

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