Civilization and Barbarism
By (author) Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
Introduction by Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria
Translated by Kathleen Ross
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Facundo by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
Book DescriptionA classic work of Latin American literature, Domingo Sarmiento's "Facundo" has become an integral part of the history, politics, and culture of Latin America since its first publication in 1845. Partially translated into English when it was first published, this foundational text appears here for the first time in its entirety. An educator and writer, Sarmiento was President of Argentina from 1868 to 1874. His "Facundo" is a study of the Argentine character, a prescription for the modernization of Latin America, and a protest against the tyranny of the government of Juan Manuel de Rosas (1835-1852). The book brings nineteenth-century Latin American history to life even as it raises questions still being debated today - questions regarding the 'civilized' city versus the 'barbaric' countryside, the treatment of indigenous and African populations, and the classically liberal plan of modernization. "Facundo"'s celebrated and frequently anthologized portraits of the caudillo Juan Facundo Quiroga and other colorful characters give readers an exhilarating sense of Argentine culture in the making. Kathleen Ross' translation renders Sarmiento's passionate prose into English with all its richness intact, allowing the English-language reader the full experience of "Facundo"'s intensity and historical reach.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520239807
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 28-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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Written in political exile by one of Argentina's greatest statesmen and intellectuals, this work is ostensibly a biography of the gaucho "barbarian" Juan Facundo Quiroga. It is also a complex and passionate investigation of the dialectic of civilization and barbarism.
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Author Biography - Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
Kathleen Ross, Associate Professor of Spanish at New York University, is the author of The Baroque Narrative of Carlos de Siguenza y Gongora (1994), co-editor of Scents of Wood and Silence: Short Stories by Latin American Women Writers(1991), and the translator of works by Cesar Vallejo, Roque Dalton, Julieta Campos and others. Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria is Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literatures at Yale University
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