Mestizo America: The Country of the Future

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Mestizo America, the country of the future offers a general panorama of what it calls Our America, that is, Latin America as seen by one of its outstanding writers. It provides detailed analysis of its development, transformations, history and defining social forces. But it is also the evocation of a utopia, of the possibility of creating a supra-national society that ignores the restrictions of frontiers and, thanks to its millenary traditions, creates a common space with a privileged identity that may change ...

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Overview

Mestizo America, the country of the future offers a general panorama of what it calls Our America, that is, Latin America as seen by one of its outstanding writers. It provides detailed analysis of its development, transformations, history and defining social forces. But it is also the evocation of a utopia, of the possibility of creating a supra-national society that ignores the restrictions of frontiers and, thanks to its millenary traditions, creates a common space with a privileged identity that may change the future of the continent. A shared heritage, historical links and a pat that creates solidarity among its nations are the keys to this visionary ideal.

Original and wide-ranging, poetical yet scrupulously accurate, the book demonstrantes, with a wealth of detail, that the countries of Latin America have a common identity strong enough to redefine the destiny of the region, above all, because they share a profound and all-embracing culture whose influence is now being felt throughout the world. This culture couold be the basis for creating a coordinated and balanced economic community, a federated political body and a commonwealth of nations with a dynamic social interchange.

The great challenge for the next century, argues the author, revolves around getting the continent to formulate and establish a political and economic order that is in harmony with the global trends of the modern world. And while the many provinces of Latin America should not lose sight of their peoples' roots and local cultures, the continent must also create optimum strategies for the development of its competitiveness, an indispensable condition for achieving prosperity in a world heading towards integration--an integration that not only requires institutional reforms but also a commitment to Latin American culture as a whole.

This book approaches its subject matter from different angles but all of them converge on a single purpose: to create and strengthen our awareness of the possibilities of a Latin America that is mestizo, that is "ours." It does this through a rigorous and panoramic description of the history of Latin America which not only covers poltics and economics but also its natural setting and geography, literature and art, social and intellectual movements, ethnic groups and local traditions, as well as the achievements of its great men. From the multiple examples given by the author, it is easy to understand that the conditions which may lead to the unification of Latin America do exist and reflect its potential and wealth: there is a new awareness that its inhabitants belong to an authentic world. One of the key arguments, developed in the final chapter, is that any unification of Latin America must be based on an equilibrium between material prosperity and humanism, which, in turn, depends on obtaining a higher level of education and greater degree of democracy for its people, as well as a recognition of their innate dignity.

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  • ISBN-13: 9789589393871
  • Publisher: Villegas Editores
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

William Ospina, born in Tolima, Colombia in 1954, is a poet and essayist. He studied Law and Political Science, lived in Europe for a number of years and, on his return to Colombia, worked in advertising and journalism while continuing to write poetry. Among his books of essays are: Es tarde para el hombre ("It is late for man"), 1994; Esos extraños prófugos de Occidente ("Those strange figitives of the West"), 1994; and Un álgebra embrujada ("A bewitched algebra"), 1996. In 1999 he published Las auroras de sangre ("The auroras of blood"), a long narrative essay on poetry at the time of the Spanish conquest and one of the Conquest's outstanding poet-chroniclers, Juan de Castellanos. His books of poetry include: Hilo de arena ("Thread of sand"), 1986; La luna del dragón ("The dragon's moon"), 1992; and áfrica, 1999. In 1992 he won the Colombian Institute of Culture's National Poetry Prize.

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