‘What You Have Heard Is True: A memoir of witness and resistance’, by Carolyn Forché

Review by Jonathan Doering

Close-up of the book cover. | Photo: Courtesy of Allen Lane.

In 1977, Carolyn Forché was twenty-seven, and had already packed a whole life into those years. She had won the Yale Younger Poets competition, translated poetry by Salvadoran émigré Claribel Alegría, received a Guggenheim Fellowship, and begun teaching at a Californian university.

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