Redeemers: Ideas and Power in Latin America

Redeemers: Ideas and Power in Latin America

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by Enrique Krauze
     
 

ISBN-10: 0066214734

ISBN-13: 9780066214733

Pub. Date: 08/16/2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

An epic intellectual history of Latin America by one of the region’s most prominent thinkers

In his first book to appear in English since Mexico: Biography in Power, a work which the Wall Street Journal calls “the standard history of postcolonial Mexico,” prize-winning author Enrique Krauze illuminates the evolution of

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An epic intellectual history of Latin America by one of the region’s most prominent thinkers

In his first book to appear in English since Mexico: Biography in Power, a work which the Wall Street Journal calls “the standard history of postcolonial Mexico,” prize-winning author Enrique Krauze illuminates the evolution of political, social, and philosophical discourses in Latin America. With echoes of Richard Hofstadter and Edmund Wilson, Krauze explores the Latin American intellectual tradition by deftly animating its decisive figures, from Octavio Paz to Che Guevara, JosÉ Vasconcelos to Hugo ChÁvez, and inscribing them upon a vivid landscape of patriotism, opportunism, morality, and avarice—and of love, honor, loyalty, and identity. Redeemers delivers an unparalleled explication of the roots of ideology and action in Latin America today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780066214733
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/16/2011
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xiii

On the Translation xvii

Part I Four Prophets

1 José Martí: The Martyrdom of the Liberator 3

2 José Enrique Rodó: The Hispanic-American Homily 23

3 José Vasconcelos: The Cultural Caudillo 49

4 José Carlos Mariátegui: Indigenous Marxism 87

Part II A Man in His Century

5 Octavio Paz: The Poet and the Revolution 119

Part III Popular Icons

6 Eva Peró: The Madonna of the Shirtless Ones 273

7 Che Guevara: The Saint Enraged 293

Part IV Politics and the Ovel

8 Gabriel García Maárquez: In the Shadow of the Patriarch 333

9 Mario Varga Llosa: Creative Parricide 365

Part V Religion and Rebellion

10 Samuel Ruiz: The Apostle of the Indians 405

11 Subcomadante Marcos: The Rise and Fall of a Guerrillero 433

Part VI The Postmodern Caudillo

12 Hugo Chávez: The Hero Worshipper 451

Epilogue 483

Sources 491

Index 517

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Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
My parents are from Colombia South America and I was born in California and grew up in the South. I have always had an interest in Latin America and what drew me to this book is its cover with many familiar faces from that region of the world. What I discover is that I come from a tough people who can be very ruthless. Enrique Krauze has done a marvelous job of taking a snippet of individuals from that region. They touch on revolutionaries, artist, writers, and cultural icons. What I sense is the best contribution to the body politic is that the author humanizes the individuals. They do not allow their circumstance to limit their potential. From Peron to Chavez in the same breath you sense the passion and fire that is located south of the American border. This is a favorite read and should be a part of any reference library.