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measures of controlling the appearance is to deny the existence of

revolution, and to sweep evidence of civil war under the rug by

hiding the bodies of government soldiers killed in combat against

the guerrilla forces. Anna finds the warehouse where Colonel

Amor stores the bodies and sends a message to her husband,

Malono Montreal, who is supposed to work with the guerrilla

force at the time. Soon afterwards, the warehouse was blown up,

creating “an eruption of a lava of dead flesh: limbs, heads, torsos

zooming like torpedoes through the air to and on sidewalks,

rooftops, patios. They had punched through windows to skid along

tables, demolishing the dinners of the unwary; to settle on the

bedsheets, disturbing lovers . . . a necrophiliac visitation that had

driven the neighborhood hysterical” (Rosca, 1988:

113). The

intrusion of the gruesome evidence of the civil war into everyday

life turns inside out the hidden truth of the state of the nation. The

explosion of the warehouse is the people’s declaration of the

existence of civil war, and their means of toppling the Marcos’

despotic rule.

Rosca’s critique of totalitarian regimes not only strives to

reveal the horror of war and torture, but also seeks to highlight

how terrorist control comes to be as a result of the dictatorship’s

affective response to crisis in the environment. In other words, the

terrorist regime is haunted by the fear of not knowing who and

where its enemies are. Colonel Amor is desperate because his

enemy is seemingly without flesh and blood, therefore he resorts to

random arrests and torture as a means of forcing his enemy into

being: “He needed a face (faces), a name (names), a body (bodies)

of flesh and blood. An identity (identities) he could hook his claws

into and dissect into information” (Rosca, 1988:

349). To pinpoint

the enemy he needs information and informants. The military

invents methods of interrogation to torture the family of the

suspects in order to gain access to their whereabouts. Torture,

detention camp, and interrogation become part of the everyday

realities of the ordinary people, as well as Anna’s fate.

Anna’s