Looking for Alicia

Looking for Alicia

The Unfinished Life of an Argentinian Rebel

Written by: Raboy, Marc

To obtain this ebook, visit one of the ebook retailers linked below

The biography of a radical young idealist, her determination to make a difference in the world, and her disappearance in 1976, revealing the human cost and undying legacy of Argentina’s descent into rightwing madness.

It started with a coincidence — when Marc Raboy happened to discover that he shared a surname with a young left-wing Argentinian journalist who in 1976 was ambushed by a right-wing death squad while driving with her family. Alicia’s partner was killed on the spot, and their baby daughter was taken and placed in an orphanage. The child was ultimately rescued, but Alicia was never heard from again.


In Looking for Alicia, Raboy pursues her story not only to learn what happened when the post-Perón government in Argentina turned to state terror but also to understand the lives of those who risked everything to oppose it. Author and subject share more than a surname and a distant ancestral connection; their lives were both marked by youthful rebellion, journalistic ambition, and the radical politics that were a hallmark of the ’60s and ’70s.


Raboy reassembles Alicia’s story using family archives, interviews with those who knew her, secret diplomatic correspondence recently made public by the U.S. State Department, and transcripts from the trial of former Argentine security forces personnel involved in her disappearance. Examining Alicia’s and his own different choices and circumstances, he attempts to discover how their lives diverged — and what drives people like Alicia to face death in the pursuit of their ideals.

The biography of a radical young idealist, her determination to make a difference in the world, and her disappearance in 1976, revealing the human cost and undying legacy of Argentina’s descent into rightwing madness.

It started with a coincidence — when Marc Raboy happened to discover that he shared a surname with a young left-wing Argentinian journalist who in 1976 was ambushed by a right-wing death squad while driving with her family. Alicia’s partner was killed on the spot, and their baby daughter was taken and placed in an orphanage. The child was ultimately rescued, but Alicia was never heard from again.


In Looking for Alicia, Raboy pursues her story not only to learn what happened when the post-Perón government in Argentina turned to state terror but also to understand the lives of those who risked everything to oppose it. Author and subject share more than a surname and a distant ancestral connection; their lives were both marked by youthful rebellion, journalistic ambition, and the radical politics that were a hallmark of the ’60s and ’70s.


Raboy reassembles Alicia’s story using family archives, interviews with those who knew her, secret diplomatic correspondence recently made public by the U.S. State Department, and transcripts from the trial of former Argentine security forces personnel involved in her disappearance. Examining Alicia’s and his own different choices and circumstances, he attempts to discover how their lives diverged — and what drives people like Alicia to face death in the pursuit of their ideals.

Published By House of Anansi Press Inc — Apr 12, 2022
Specifications 320 pages | 6 in x 9 in
Written By

MARC RABOY is Beaverbrook Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He has been a visiting scholar at Stockholm University, the University of Oxford, New York University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Raboy is the author or editor of some twenty books, including Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the RBC Taylor Prize, and the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. He lives in Montreal.

Written By

MARC RABOY is Beaverbrook Professor Emeritus in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He has been a visiting scholar at Stockholm University, the University of Oxford, New York University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Raboy is the author or editor of some twenty books, including Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, the RBC Taylor Prize, and the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. He lives in Montreal.

In taking us with him on his dogged search for Alicia, Raboy brings us back to one of the darkest chapters in Argentinian history, which still haunts the country to this day. Alicia’s story is the story of too many Argentinians, which Raboy brings to life in this thoroughly engrossing account.

” —

Marc Raboy’s personal journey of discovery takes the reader into the terror of Argentina’s 1970s military dictatorship. Rich in anecdote and authoritative political history, this riveting work of remembrance combines thorough research with the pacing of a cracking good novel.

” —

In taking us with him on his dogged search for Alicia, Raboy brings us back to one of the darkest chapters in Argentinian history, which still haunts the country to this day. Alicia’s story is the story of too many Argentinians, which Raboy brings to life in this thoroughly engrossing account.

” —Peter Andreas, Brown University, author of Rebel Mother: My Childhood Chasing the Revolution

Marc Raboy’s personal journey of discovery takes the reader into the terror of Argentina’s 1970s military dictatorship. Rich in anecdote and authoritative political history, this riveting work of remembrance combines thorough research with the pacing of a cracking good novel.

” —Christopher Neal, former Latin America-based journalist and author of The Rebel Scribe – Carleton Beals and the Progressive Challenge to US Policy in Latin America