The construction of memory entails a battle not only between memory and forgetting but also between different memories. There are multiple constructions of memory, and in the dispute between them, some become hegemonic, while others remain in the margins. Ana Forcinito explores the intermittences of transitional justice and memory in post-dictatorship Uruguay. The processes of building memory and transitional justice are repetitive but inconstant. They are contested by both internal and external forces and shaped by tensions between oblivion and silence. Forcinito explores models of reconciliation to present an alternative narrative of the past and to expose the blind spots of memory.
Forcinito successfully blends a number of memory-related themes, ranging from the experiences of men and women during the dictatorship, movies and documentaries, to the voices of recovered missing children, and the incorporation of sexual crimes to justice debates. The argument is convincing and supported by interesting and novel evidence, with the author drawing upon both well-established and new texts, images, photographs and documents.