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Description - The Cosmic Race / La Raza Cosmica by Jose Vasconcelos

In this influential 1925 essay, Jose Vasconcelos predicted the coming of a new age, the Aesthetic Era, in which joy, love, fantasy and creativity would prevail over the rationalism he saw as dominating the current age. In this new age, marriages would no longer be dictated by necessity or convenience, but by love and beauty; ethnic obstacles, already in the process of being broken down, especially in Latin America, would disappear altogether, giving birth to a fully mixed race, a "cosmic race", in which all the better qualities of each race would persist by the natural selection of love. The work, which has generated much controversy since it was first published, is here presented in a bilingual format, and includes an introduction by its translator, Didier Jaen, and a new introduction by Joseba Gabilondo.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801856556
ISBN-10: 0801856558
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 9mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jun-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jose Vasconcelos

Jose Vasconcelos was born in Oaxaca, Mexico in 1882, to parents of European ancestry. Active in Mexican politics, he was exiled during the eras of Porfirio Diaz and Carranza, served as rector of the National University and as Minister of Education, and later ran unsuccessfully for president. He died in 1959.