Don Segundo Sombra

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Inspired in Don Segundo Ramirez, a cattle drover Ricardo Güiraldes met personally and whose tomb lies in San Antonio de Areco, very close to the author's own, don Segundo Sombra more than a novel is a lesson on the gaucho lifestyle.

Ricardo Güiraldes, a friend of Jorge Luis Borges -they both founded the legendary magazine Proa- managed to develop a simple and modern language, a high quality mixture of literacy and colourful local camp expressions that earned him a major standing among the best representatives of "criollismo".

Even though it may be considered as a continuity with Martín Fierro, more than an extiguished gaucho elegy don Segundo Sombra proposes new ethical examples to a youth that Güiraldes considered disoriented and restless.
Basically structured as lessons to be absorbed departing from inexperience, lessons on labour, amusement, morals, camp chores (horse taming, cattle rodeo, raw hide handy work, animal healing, etc.), they become an example of "lo argentino" supported by a very specific and precise lexikon.

Our edition includes more than 300 lexicographic notes, conveniently placed at the bottom of the pages and intended to help the modern reader grasp the exact meaning of the text without obtrusive lengthy interruptions.
The notes were made after a careful research work that included the critical Martin Fierro editions by Eleuterio F. Tiscornia, Ed. Losada, Buenos Aires, 1941; by Carlos Alberto Leumann, Ed. Angel de Estrada, Buenos Aires, 1945; and by Santiago M. Lugones, Ed. Centurión, Buenos Aires, 1948; their own notes compared between them and with the critical edition by Elida Lois y Angel Nuñez, Ed. ALLCA XX (Association Archives de la Littérature Latinoaméricaine, des Caraïbes et Africaine du XX Siècle), Paris 2001; with Leopoldo Lugones en El payador, Ed. Centurión, Bs. As. 1948 (and Stockcero 2004); Francisco Castro in Vocabulario y frases del Martín Fierro, Ed. Kraft, Bs. As. 1950, and Domingo Bravo en El Quichua en el Martín Fierro y Don Segundo Sombra, Ed. Instituto Amigos del Libro Argentino, Bs. As. 1968; Horacio J. Becco en don Segundo Sombra y su vocabulario, Ed. Ollantay, Bs. As. 1952; Ramón R. Capdevila 1700 refranes, dichos y modismos (región central bonaerense), Ed. Patria, Bs. As. 1955; Emilio Solanet Pelajes Criollos, Ed. Kraft, Bs. As. 1955; and Tito Saubidet Vocabulario y refranero criollo, Ed. Kraft, Bs. As. 1943

"New translation of 1926 Argentine classic, accompanied by extensive critical materials. Seven essays by scholars including Gwen Kirkpatrick and Beatriz Sarlo treat historical, literary, and biographical topics. Steiner discusses novel's setting, writing, and reception, but does not reflect on translation process itself nor on differences between this work and 1935 version by Harriet De Onâis (see HLAS 1:2119). Glossary and bibliography. Valuable teaching tool"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Guiraldes's (1886-1927) classic novel of the Argentine pampa, originally published in 1926, and celebrated both as a national epic and as an elegy for the passing of an era. This critical edition includes a general introduction, a glossary, and six essays of background and criticism about the novel. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789871136216
  • Publisher: Stockcero
  • Publication date: 9/21/2004
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Spanish
  • Pages: 172
  • Sales rank: 1,268,093
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Myth and Reality in Don Segundo Sombra
Cultural Identity, Tradition, and the Legacy of Don Segundo Sombra
Translator's Note
Don Segundo Sombra 1
Glossary 205
Don Segundo Sombra and the Argentine Tradition 209
The Gaucho's World 215
Guiraldes and the Fiction of History 231
Responses, Inventions, and Displacements: Urban Transformations and Rural Utopias 245
Guiraldes: His Life and His Writing 257
Don Segundo Sombra: The Life of a Novel 273
Selected Bibliography 289
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