Born in Blood and Fire - Latin American Voices

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Overview

John Chasteen’s carefully crafted companion reader to Born in Blood and Fire follows the table of contents of the main text and provides glimpses into the everyday life and texture of the Latin American experience during the last six centuries.Born in Blood and Fire: Latin American Voices includes colorful and engaging narrative accounts taken from novels, journals, essays, newspaper articles, and other documentary sources, many appearing in English for the first time and many translated by John Chasteen. Selections mirror the chronological and geographical coverage of Born in Blood and Fire.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393935585
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/11/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 134,944
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Charles Chasteen is associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the highly acclaimed translator of Tulio Halperin Donghi’s The Contemporary History of Latin America. He is also the author of Heroes on Horseback: The Life and Times of the Last Gaucho Caudillos and National Rhythms, African Roots: The Deep History of Latin American Popular Dance.

John Charles Chasteen is associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the highly acclaimed translator of Tulio Halperin Donghi’s The Contemporary History of Latin America. He is also the author of Heroes on Horseback: The Life and Times of the Last Gaucho Caudillos and National Rhythms, African Roots: The Deep History of Latin American Popular Dance.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Chronicles of the Encounter 1

The Caminha Letter Pero Vaz de Caminha 3

A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies Bartolomé de las Casas 7

General History of the Indies Francisco López de Gómara 13

Chronicle of New Spain Francisco Cervantes de Salazar 16

The True History of the Conquest of New Spain Bernal Díaz del Castillo 18

A General History of New Spain Bernardino de Sahagún 21

Chapter 2 Colonial Transculturation 25

Royal Commentaries of the Incas Garcilaso de la Vega 27

The First New Chronicle Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala 36

Happy Captivity Francisco Núñez de Pineda y Bascuñán 43

An Account of the Guaraní Missions José Cardiel 48

A Guide for Inexperienced Travelers Alonso Carrió de la Vandera 51

Chapter 3 Visiting the New Nations 54

Personal Narrative of a Journey Alexander von Humboldt 56

Travels in Brazil Henry Koster 61

Journal of a Residence in Chile Maria Graham 69

Life in Mexico Frances Calderón de la Barca 73

Chapter 4 Creating National Identities 78

Facundo Domingo Faustino Sarmiento 80

Memoirs of a Militia Sergeant Manuel Antonio de Almeida 86

A Mexican Self-Portrait, Various Authors 91

María Jorge Isaacs 98

Bolívar's Justice Ricardo Palma 101

Chapter 5 The Perils of Progress 106

The Inauguration of the Railway from Mexico City to Texcoco Ignacio Manuel Altamirano 108

Evolution Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis 112

No Direction Eugenio Cambaceres 118

Birds without a Nest Clorinda Matto de Turner 120

The Stock Market Julián Martel 124

The Beehive Aluísio Azevedo 129

Chapter 6 Reactions Against Neocolonialism 134

Ariel José Enrique Rodó 136

Facing the Barbarians José María Vargas Vila 140

The Backlands Euclides da Cunha 143

Santa Federico Gamboa 151

Black Stuff Vicente Rossi 158

Chapter 7 Cultivating Non-European Roots 162

Two Short Stories José de la Cuadra 164

Arid Lives Graciliano Ramos 176

Runa Yupay José María Arguedas 181

Chapter 8 Cold War Visions 188

Declassified Message, Central Intelligence Agency 190

Weekend in Guatemala, Miguel Angel Asturias 195

Memory of Fire Eduardo Galeano 210

Chapter 9 Guerrilla Warfare 217

Zarpazo: Memoir of a Colombian Army Officer Evelio Buitrago Salazar 219

Diary of a Guerrilla Jacobo Arenas 224

The Tupamaros in Action, Movement for National Liberation 229

They Won't Take Me Alive Claribel Alegría 233

Confessions of a Torturer Nancy Guzmán 238

Credits 245

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