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This convention is formalized by readapting the sign of “woman” to the traditional roles laid out by social morality (“Father Gerardo . . showed me God in this world. 9 The value of religious conversion through faith that saves the political traitor from the burden of her guilt by calling her conscience to a reencounter with the Truth also has her undergo another symbolic tribute of another necessary reencounter—this time sexual—with her nature as a woman, ideologically summed up in the vocation of wife and mother.

And it is the laboriousness of that unsatisfied memory that never admits defeat, that perturbs the official burial of that memory seen simply as a fixed deposit of inactive meanings. ”5 Small variations, adjustments, and changes that only proclaim a prereconciled future: a future unburdened of all expectation, freed of the weight of uncertainty, whose merit lies in leaving open the realm of decisions and wagers that surround what is still undetermined, keeping it politically tense and vibrant. The Transition entrusted the official administrators of the consensus with the task of attenuating all the scars of violence that remained clinging to the shapes of words that named the contentiousness of recollection, in order to euphemistically reduce the gravity of meaning contained in the drama of memory and to ensure that nothing intolerable, nothing insufferable, would spoil the official celebrations of the bearable.

Nonidentifiable body), one would have to make the agents of that violence anonymous, in spite of knowing who they are. To tell or be silent, to reveal or hide, are the verbs of blackmail that divide the machinery of knowledge into an absolute search for the total truth about the destiny of those bodies, on the one hand, and the intermediate formulas of transaction of an always-partial information, on the other. This division between the total and the partial, Torments and Obscenities 33 the absolute and the relative, accusingly points to the drama of the impossibility of creating a balance between damage and compensation so that in the name of justice and truth, one could measure something intrinsically incalculable: the pain of the loss.

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