Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. Alone, locked up in a room, enclosed by four gray walls, a woman scratches a hole in the wall, and tries to escape. In the ventilation system, hidden, a camera. On the other end of the camera, her husband; her captor. She is his desaparecida.In CONFINED, Elena Reyes de Basigalupo tries to survive starvation, isolation and insanity after she is locked-up in an attic by her husband, high-ranking military officer Rogelio Basigalupo. It is 1979 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As the story unfolds we realize that it is not a mad man's obsessive jealousy alone that put her there, but the clashing forces of a country at war with itself. Raised in an upper class Catholic family in the prosperous Argentina of the 1940's and 50's, Elena grew up while Juan Domingo Perón was in the pinnacle of his career and his wife Evita was forging the myth she would soon become, dividing Argentine society forever. As many others in her time, she defies the ruling establishment, and for that she cannot go unpunished.
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Mariana Dietl is an Argentine-American writer with a major in International Relations from St. Andrew's University in Argentina. She worked for Clarín, the leading newspaper in that country, and for the Argentine Consulate in Los Angeles, as Chief Communications Officer. She studied creative writing at UCLA Extension and at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center. Her novel, Confined (The Litchfield Review Press, 2009), was awarded The Litchfield Review's Fiction Prize. A second edition of CONFINED was published by Ahadada Books in 2013. Argentina: Se Me Hace Cuento (her first story collection, received third prize in UC Irvine's Chicano/Latino Literary Award and was published by Ahadada Books as ARGENTINOS: STORIES in 2010) and other stories were finalists in contests from the U.S and abroad. Her second collection, Era: y otros cuentos, was published by Ediciones del Dragón (Argentina) in 2011. Her work can be found in Literary Chaos, Tertulia, Luces & Sombras, The Externalist, SNReview, Río Grande Review, Revista Baquiana, Rattle, The Litchfield Review, Tonopah Preview and Palabra. She is a member of PEN Center USA. Author City: BUENOS AIRES ARG