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A Silent Fury  by Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman

A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire

Yuri Herrera, Lisa Dillman

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Imprint: And Other Stories
Publisher: And Other Stories
Publication date: 8 Jun 2020
ISBN: 9781911508786

Mine fire industrial disaster nonfiction from the bestselling author of Signs Preceding the End of the World

4 stars out of 5
Sarah Gilmartin
29 Jul 2020

The combination of forensic reporting – A Silent Fury is based on research Herrera undertook while obtaining a PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at UC Berkeley – and the author’s personal connection to the place results in a precise, devastating read.

With an excellent translation by Lisa Dillman, the book leaves the reader without doubt as to culpability of the company. It shows what was lost and the legacy that Herrera says is still palpable within the city today. On March 10th, 1920, the shafts of the El Bordo mine were sealed without consideration for the men below ground. A hundred years after the tragedy, Herrera succeeds in setting their stories free.