Arguedas / Vargas Llosa: Dilemmas and Assemblages by Mabel Moraña

By Mabel Moraña

An English-language translation of the MLA Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize and LASA Premio Iberoamericano award-winning Spanish-language publication, Arguedas/ Vargas Llosa. Dilemas y ensamblajes, Mabel Moraña deals the 1st comparative learn of 2 of up to date Latin America's vital literary figures: Mario Vargas Llosa and Jose Maria Arguedas.

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The polemic was initiated with an interview Vargas Llosa gave to the journalist Valeno Riva, which was published in the Italian magazine Panorama on 2 January 1984 with the title, supposedly suggested by the editors, of “Corrupt and Content,” as a pejorative allusion to Latin American intellectuals who served in the ranks of socialism. The previous exchange between Benedetti and Vargas Llosa appeared in El País between April and June of the same year. 16. Mirko Lauer comments on this polemic in El sitio de la literatura, 106.

13. The representation of the relation between archaism and violence associated with the theme of indigeneity was frequently a part of Boom literature, such as “Chac Mool” by Carlos Fuentes, “La noche boca arriba” [“The Night Face-Up”] by Julio Cortázar, and so on. (see Franco, “Alien to Modernity” 12). 14. ” 15. The polemic was initiated with an interview Vargas Llosa gave to the journalist Valeno Riva, which was published in the Italian magazine Panorama on 2 January 1984 with the title, supposedly suggested by the editors, of “Corrupt and Content,” as a pejorative allusion to Latin American intellectuals who served in the ranks of socialism.

Taking all this into consideration, by 1996, when La utopía arcaica was published, Vargas Llosa had already achieved a level of fame that supported his profile as an intellectual to the same degree that his narrative technique supported his literature. He also enjoyed a level of credibility that, in some measure and without really even trying, was put to the test in this book, which was dedicated to the only Peruvian author he could challenge by presenting a different interpretation of social conflict in Peru and the political options that this conflict made available.

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