MOBI Those Who Knew PDF/EPUB · Those Who MOBI :È » cekhargaproduk.co »

From the award winning author of Ways to Disappear a taut timely novel about what a powerful politician thinks he can get away with and the group of misfits who finally bring him downOn an unnamed island country ten years after the collapse of a US supported regime Lena suspects the powerful senator she was involved with back in her student activist days is taking advantage of a young woman who's been introducing him at rallies When the young woman ends up dead Lena revisits her own fraught history with the senator and the violent incident that ended their relationshipWhy didn't Lena speak up then and will her family's support of the former regime still impact her credibility? What if her hunch about this young woman's death is wrong?What follows is a riveting exploration of the cost of staying silent and the mixed rewards of speaking up in a profoundly divided country Those Who Knew confirms Novey's place as an essential new voice in American fiction


10 thoughts on “Those Who Knew

  1. ٷc=j!YSR14]12ݭgFe$yv[g#VynU "[s8ιE[043!>IsӄwYZh1oM `¼_xlVKM^ K]jZey}j\0.ήF [ 0*v[j""BLi4o[bgH?WυcA#$j`¸`^W<α>RlGvAZ!1f]VV״T'ڨx+Znwm ?WUPᵵSڣeͫ]6M>fuHOT:̩0 LZ/5 r/0^cl6UsIs%=@j%P F6aE}}3a\(ڍv-Mbc3 Ha X*Q]0VǼ ؟Ƹ]Meq62,ӧeO1 o%́BA2-\QmpO'x:,DzATvDZlMzS֬@h:UM ؜1Mi]FiU4$2V=Uw{b1.їUʔzjoR.r4>*rh rRC*<1}M6UPvj+jC1=F\KCe`Ck jcv[+5䚟L[_W8#4 w6z'g~Է3` 9}1TУ"m$1s*FƟ^;ss SQ;.&Ѹy1 `;V'r &aYL0t<~fr[ވ#e_V5V ;\),Cb˭75<a4Ǭ6Vsln-OO1,i1gebquKaN6-4wʼn~FOWh1bQ~S*c%3b14 O=͙`j{.+bz_#1bR&>Տjڝu04k.뤝hPYc OUpa@@@@D@ČAT} `Nk6{0iBɤMASH;-5pÆ*5ۙaR;n78PuC茷 YZ2\ΗYĮ;a˭dUċu(U=VUm(fWR.ؤ F_U(e,ZإΙVrNKE :*Fʃ`8CS̼(BKՔUkXidžVrMMls9(ؽ=Icrd"bK)RC5:9 U{\ ?i\EWQ Գ:nY,!bJ^r#,]d-Qٯxbyz-MTǛi^GB/*5HPN4P{MYz}E7 >iZ`8rُ6b^aAER]IF1WW-XqӉ9b%Y)rM2] u"iSnAS44dWP$Q}4<'˃,tcŸȭsz͔ $FNnjje R؀C}[S&ϳw+O8Ixa$/EɊ2Q|*և5]THd /fq͟)LkvQa;aߘ*1beN- Eĥ/r[A%˃l+Ѿ`{/G3,|!U3c KU;Z-)Te,b6XjmIi|ݪ%ҏQ*͌j%Q^%gmL@dF6c_qi~Ah;5VT^rqÈ2D9WQHWϘַQQ]b/`hԲ-qHjNrq"ʋ69%5 iUiF\ݢ{ѥ\ӔX}F:INw,8eOL8,7sܧ}rӨ K'v  թkVK[ QT,=/sa 1݀j 9|]rBWTq*/Dp_>3rEzK>C_$Fp0f8# G&7 . >Ka/vwsܽP>̠-eXU仾'*نQ`TP@%h1V9#TD]|0pH$7yO>8}ʥQq)K!ʌi\V`/ %*bYOP/~%NlN=/?͏Ĺ#[uq( WpZA ^L%G[ 2*,zE)ʵ1x%lo0wVs+Ғ_\r^~%kr~:e(RVRkQ=%hW@sQxO o8ukT0^+odx.$XV=Q2߇rP/to0Pe$DӁ}p$n{Hj~D\dS=hie8Q0̕eE1ŵ;1:L. },34&DͺR [59>hcՌu.0u~ cw||)\}1.Q2*!٩4#ǴrQs臉P{w}Bey{ uAu]jwZ0:g^u+hKu mCG\g:FWs0ɉ⎺u[w1N xbP5dNqՅaJp*sG:rg @ӽ@; J.hlmTS~K#DC \qN&NM)•m.7̙_Z:_>L2z}f<Ĥ3.:.DK%>< @j9/ D\?Y>}dzg^FϘs0bު>bryenxC/f @ DEFG? ôi#hiyԢ%ߦm4*QM61YJ>:, @8Q1[؉)E U" CezL L20@<̣c/4'@S %t0D* 39]dKlY*SR'ڞkfA80[0e77 49TwFp-\ `` P3l6LYzXF mbSKeI8@jNz*/-C 3MyQ!n0 cMP(b(YdeH  ’KV8ydm"݅#d!N h3e0Ȩ9#:g;z%ę*Ȳ"pڋfX 4m`DB[6 Z[V1wZzL`W؋*e>")qyV:C7lf lM) wE4@tEOˁd5MŠUcLlʉ5;fcfX`ĥ[P+V5)),,!*K f|@q P0 p/'h $Hñ4ާ#-FjPK)PA080zBqk?ZH `zH=N !@0 @@` 0#$#&)-h  $ Ҝi{J'2avTZ : `P:l[~ 2 : @%e8[U#tP Gt۾ר/pȖ!:$@5#0Rt%T oF:T3UsQiiWaK B :yQytN`7񷴠GPe_u>ɠٷc=j!YSR14]12ݭgFe$yv[g#VynU "[s8ιE[043!>IsӄwYZh1oM `¼_xlVKM^ K]jZey}j\0.ήF [ 0*v[j""BLi4o[bgH?WυcA#$j`¸`^W<α>RlGvAZ!1f]VV״T'ڨx+Znwm ?WUPᵵSڣeͫ]6M>fuHOT:̩0 LZ/5 r/0^cl6UsIs%=@j%P F6aE}}3a\(ڍv-Mbc3 Ha X*Q]0VǼ ؟Ƹ]Meq62,ӧeO1 o%́BA2-\QmpO'x:,DzATvDZlMzS֬@h:UM ؜1Mi]FiU4$2V=Uw{b1.їUʔzjoR.r4>*rh rRC*<1}M6UPvj+jC1=F\KCe`Ck jcv[+5䚟L[_W8#4 w6z'g~Է3` 9}1TУ"m$1s*FƟ^;ss SQ;.&Ѹy1 `;V'r &aYL0t<~fr[ވ#e_V5V ;\),Cb˭75<a4Ǭ6Vsln-OO1,i1gebquKaN6-4wʼn~FOWh1bQ~S*c%3b14 O=͙`j{.+bz_#1bR&>Տjڝu04k.뤝hPYc OUpa@@@@D@ČAT} `Nk6{0iBɤMASH;-5pÆ*5ۙaR;n78PuC茷 YZ2\ΗYĮ;a˭dUċu(U=VUm(fWR.ؤ F_U(e,ZإΙVrNKE :*Fʃ`8CS̼(BKՔUkXidžVrMMls9(ؽ=Icrd"bK)RC5:9 U{\ ?i\EWQ Գ:nY,!bJ^r#,]d-Qٯxbyz-MTǛi^GB/*5HPN4P{MYz}E7 >iZ`8rُ6b^aAER]IF1WW-XqӉ9b%Y)rM2] u"iSnAS44dWP$Q}4<'˃,tcŸȭsz͔ $FNnjje R؀C}[S&ϳw+O8Ixa$/EɊ2Q|*և5]THd /fq͟)LkvQa;aߘ*1beN- Eĥ/r[A%˃l+Ѿ`{/G3,|!U3c KU;Z-)Te,b6XjmIi|ݪ%ҏQ*͌j%Q^%gmL@dF6c_qi~Ah;5VT^rqÈ2D9WQHWϘַQQ]b/`hԲ-qHjNrq"ʋ69%5 iUiF\ݢ{ѥ\ӔX}F:INw,8eOL8,7sܧ}rӨ K'v  թkVK[ QT,=/sa 1݀j 9|]rBWTq*/Dp_>3rEzK>C_$Fp0f8# G&7 . >Ka/vwsܽP>̠-eXU仾'*نQ`TP@%h1V9#TD]|0pH$7yO>8}ʥQq)K!ʌi\V`/ %*bYOP/~%NlN=/?͏Ĺ#[uq( WpZA ^L%G[ 2*,zE)ʵ1x%lo0wVs+Ғ_\r^~%kr~:e(RVRkQ=%hW@sQxO o8ukT0^+odx.$XV=Q2߇rP/to0Pe$DӁ}p$n{Hj~D\dS=hie8Q0̕eE1ŵ;1:L. },34&DͺR [59>hcՌu.0u~ cw||)\}1.Q2*!٩4#ǴrQs臉P{w}Bey{ uAu]jwZ0:g^u+hKu mCG\g:FWs0ɉ⎺u[w1N xbP5dNqՅaJp*sG:rg @ӽ@; J.hlmTS~K#DC \qN&NM)•m.7̙_Z:_>L2z}f<Ĥ3.:.DK%>< @j9/ D\?Y>}dzg^FϘs0bު>bryenxC/f @ DEFG? ôi#hiyԢ%ߦm4*QM61YJ>:, @8Q1[؉)E U" CezL L20@<̣c/4'@S %t0D* 39]dKlY*SR'ڞkfA80[0e77 49TwFp-\ `` P3l6LYzXF mbSKeI8@jNz*/-C 3MyQ!n0 cMP(b(YdeH  ’KV8ydm"݅#d!N h3e0Ȩ9#:g;z%ę*Ȳ"pڋfX 4m`DB[6 Z[V1wZzL`W؋*e>")qyV:C7lf lM) wE4@tEOˁd5MŠUcLlʉ5;fcfX`ĥ[P+V5)),,!*K f|@q P0 p/'h $Hñ4ާ#-FjPK)PA080zBqk?ZH `zH=N !@0 @@` 0#$#&)-h  $ Ҝi{J'2avTZ : `P:l[~ 2 : @%e8[U#tP Gt۾ר/pȖ!:$@5#0Rt%T oF:T3UsQiiWaK B :yQytN`7񷴠GPe_u>ɠ says:

    ‘ How did she stay true to the voices in her head as they led her into the fire?’Abuse of power comes in many forms and from many faces It’s easy to recognize it in the actions of your opponents but trickier to swallow when it is from those with whom you share an ideology This becomes another of the many ways abusers keep their victims silent Those Who Knew the second novel from Idra Novey opens with a possible murder of a young student activist at the hands of a popular up and coming politician “of the people” in an unnamed island nation still recovering from decades of a violent authoritarian dictatorship financially backed by the United States Lena a former girlfriend of the young senator was physically assaulted by him during her younger activists days and suspects foul play but quickly realizes how impractical speaking up may be The novel written in short urgent chapters that steam full speed ahead into the psychological maelstrom of politics art and activism is a powerful message on the difficulties of speaking out against abuse while simultaneously acknowledging the necessity of punching up by speaking truth to power This compact literary thriller delivers punch after punch through a playful narrative structure and large variety of voices as Novey makes us confront the difficulties of speaking out while accepting that monsters can lurk inside of any public hero looks at the multitudes of ways victims are kept silent and addresses the violent legacy of US foreign policy propping up dictatorships in Latin AmericaNovey writes with a directness that is as engaging as it is cutting A poet as well as a novelist and translator Novey has exceptionally fluid prose and an ear for dialogue The language wonderfully washes over the reader with insightful asides and graceful storytelling all while moving rapidly forward While psychologically insightful than plot driven the plot is still fast paced and full of twists Each chapter is around two to three pages and readers will find themselves halfway through the novel before they realize they’ve been clenching their jaws and holding their breath as Novey continuously turns the screws of tension The story unfolds through the experiences of a wide cast of characters all with some proximity to Senator Victor M Principal among them are Lena the focal character who dated him in college until he strangled her to the point of near death Olga her friend and the aging proprietor of a used bookstore named Seek the Sublime or Die who stays afloat from marijuana sales than books Victor’s playwright brother Freddy who is writing a secret play about the unseemliness of his brother and Christina Victor’s fiance picked for political alliance and access to wealth and power Novey keeps the storytelling fresh by unveiling plot and exposition through interjections of news articles scenes from Freddy’s play and the bookstore ledger all of which move the story forward without feeling like a gimmick or overly heavy handed Kamila Shamsie employed a similar technique perhaps even effectively using social media as a sort of Greek Chorus in her exquisite novel Home Fire and these post modernist approaches to narrative that show society interacting with the media and arts we encounter is an excellent examination of our times and political mechanisms Ours is the era of Cambridge Analytica and surveillance capitalism imbreeding with standard corporate marketing and this interplay of narrative forms perfectly puts the finger of literature on the pulse of modern politics and society Further Freddy’s reluctance to make his draft public since they speak out against his popular Senator brother serves both as an example of how those in power intimidate others into keeping quiet and mirrors the passages from the Olga chapters about how citizens would bury contraband books such as Marx during the dictatorship It’s a bold statement on the power of the written word but also reflects that while the nation is free from authoritarianism tyranny it would seem is still rampant‘ Trauma made a kite of the mind and there was no telling what kind of wind might take hold of it’Trauma is hidden in the roots beneath every twist and turn of Novey’s powerful novel from the personal to the national level At no point is the reader allowed to forget about the political climate on the island befittingly so as the terrors of the now extinguished dictatorship have left scars on the whole of the populace There are characters such as Lena who had their coming of age throwing molotovs at cop cars and then there is Olga who watched her lover executed by the State while they were in prison for political activism Trauma is also weaponized by those in power to both shape their power and keep their enemies silent Victor has risen in public consciousness through his history of resistance against the trauma of the old regime and his efforts towards a social justice forward political platform His most prominent stance is free college tuition which not only gives him a monopoly on the youth vote but also grants him access to their activist circles where he preys on Maria P a college student he sleeps and inevitably throws in front of a bus in a fit of anger This is not a whodunnit his crimes are made plain in the opening few chapters though the motivations take a bit to process out as much as it is a ‘what can be done about it?’ novel‘ How could he be both of these men Lena asks herself about a man she personally knows to be an abuser but watches become a public political idol While Novey began writing this novel before the very necessary MeToo movement took on momentum its release during it makes her examinations all the important to consider Victor is on the right side of history politically for this nation yet he is also an abuser His status as a public figure already makes speaking out against him difficult Lena acknowledges it will be seen as attention grabbing that people will try to invalidate her because she didn’t speak up before or cast her as as ‘ some bitter ex girlfriend’ The final excuse is also embodies the way that misogyny and himpathy often lurk in many discreditations ‘ Wasn’t this one of the ways women unraveled’ Lena considers ‘ they failed to marry at the expected age they got lonelier stuck on some ex lover’s success while they remained trapped in one demoralizing position after another their thoughts growing increasingly erratic and unhinged’ The fact that she is not a public success like Victor will be thrown against her as the public often is drawn to power and supports them instead of showing class solidarity However the ultimate damnation in speaking out here is considering the way ad hominem attacks are so prevalent in discourse it means that outing Victor means undermining his political positions His rivals will weaponize it against the whole progressive movement in which he plays a key role While yes we must condemn the actions of members of our own political parties with the same fervor we do those of the opposition it does raise the point of what it all entails Speaking out also has a nasty side effect of drawing attention to the accuser's personal life as a way of silencing them by demonizing them as if this had any bearing on the truth Lena’s family were right wing industrialists who enjoyed prosperity and massive profits through their juice factories under the former violent regime and the nation is primed for new faces to direct their anger at ‘ You know Victor will use your grandfather to discredit anything you claim’ Olga warns her Lena must acknowledge the state of public opinion and how speaking out will consequently destroy her own family ‘ People were tired of rehashing the same familiar cast of villainsthey were hungry for other wealthy families who had yet to own up to their share of the blame’ It is a difficult truth to swallow and one of the many failsafes power systems have of keeping people quiet Reader’s eager for a novel of swift justice and heroic public outcry should look elsewhere as this novel takes on a heavy realism that looks at the crushing realities that keep the system churning onward Justice might have to come laterNot only does Novey keep the trauma or dictatorship forefront in the reader's mind she reminds US readers of their complicity in such atrocities The island nation is unnamed allowing it to serve as an amalgamation for all the nations that faced the wrath of US foreign policy in the 70s and 80s Like the Northerners who have now come to the newly democratic island for tourist purposes such as the college aged American students thrilled to purchase used copies of Marx from Olga who acquired them after the regime fell and people dug up all the contraband books buried in their gardens Novey reminds readers that we are all tourists of sorts like these students by our taking thrills in political thrillers about such nations A particularly powerful moment is when Oscar the American tourist wakes to the news of 911 The contrast of how it affects him and those on the island such as Lena is striking and he cannot fathom how it can be ‘ as if it were any day at all in human history’ to people there What is brilliantly done here however is that the novel subverts the typical US centric gaze as the event is minor to the lives of those on the island ‘ If those people were dying anywhere but in your country’ Lena confronts him when he is outraged she is going on eating breakfast as if it were any other day ‘ would you have cared if I went on eating your scone? I bet you wouldn’t’ This may seem harsh but Lena wonders ‘ if his parents stopped drinking their coffee for even one second when his government supplied the trucks that round up Olga and thousands of others To shoot them down on the street’ Novey illuminates a parallel between Victor’s public power and position suppressing the voices of his victims and the United States with foreign policy actions such as Operation Condor and implanting neoliberal dictatorship keeping left wing movements silent in their graves to maintain power over oil and mining industries of South America Lena a Marxist is throughout the novel representative of many ways voices are muzzled politically Beyond Victor is her work in public schools and her wealthy family’s disdain for it They disbelieve media reports on poor conditions due to lack of funding to be overhyped and that any argument from Lena will be dismissed as propagated or misled regardless of Lena’s authority on the subject Lena visits these schools as her job yet her family essentially tells her that what she is experiencing simply is not how things are ‘ Her aunts drew the unflattering conclusions about the island’s children that they wanted to draw anyways’ This is gaslighting pure and simple and this refusal to engage in any critical examination for reasons of holding on to power serves only as an oppressive tactic for silencing opponents whose voices badly need to be heard This is psychological warfare and Lena is already victim to questioning her own reality due to stress What seems to possibly be magical realism of the murdered Maria’s clothing showing up in Lena’s possession might just actually be coincidence or Lena not noticing things before Novey does well by not taking that plot thread anywhere and instead leaving the reader to question reality the way those who are targets of manipulation tend to do Novey keeps the reader in an uncomfortable position for much of this novel but stepping out of our comfort zones is a way we can grow and better understandThis all may paint the novel as fairly bleak but there is a hopeful side to it as well What is particularly charming is the way the novel represents art and literature as a hopeful rebellion Freddy's play for instance chronicles the truth about his brother in an abstract way to cut right to the heart of the matter It is implied near the end especially as Victor is unraveling and his career is in free fall that Freddy is shucking off the fear that is keeping his draft hidden Even if he never produces the play those pages can still be found and bear witness to the awful truths This is also reflected in Olga who keeps a diary of sorts in the store ledger where she talks to her now executed lover a woman only mentioned as S Olga gives a copy of Anna Ahkmatova poetry to a college girl telling her if she can memorize a stanza of the poem Requiem that she can keep the book for free This literary illusion brings a whole weight of history with it as poets in Ahkmatova's circle during Soviet times would gather and recite each others poetry until every knew the verses by heart The idea was that the authorities could burn the manuscripts or jail and kill the poet such was the fate of Osip Mandelstam but their words would live on in the hearts and minds of their friends Remembering is a form of resistance and the arts are a perfect canvas to place the memories of atrocities for people to know of them in the future Art keeps the fire alive long after the bodies grow cold‘ He wondered what it would take for there to be a true reckoning with the repressive roles men imposed on each other a moment when acting despotic would finally be recognized as the weakness that it was’This novel is a bit on the bleak side but this does not subtract from its power and importance Even the hopeful moments near the end with Olga running for local government are acknowledged to likely be met with failure but Novey also makes a point that noble failures slowly chip away at power structures and pave the way for the next person to make progress Those Who Knew packs a lot of necessary social commentary punch on a wide range of topics of power Victor even gets involved in a political scandal involving industrial farming that is hurting the local ecosystem which should draw the reader’s attention to issues of the Climate Crisis and the way misinformation and those in places of power try to silence the urgent need for reform and the methods at which keeping checks on power are hindered Fast paced innovative and urgent this book is an incredible statement on power structure and the way they are maintained at the expense of everyone else 4 5