Facundo

Facundo : Civilization and Barbarism

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A 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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  • Paperback | 284 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 408g
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 0520239806
  • 9780520239807
  • 952,906

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"Sarmiento's Facundo remains a foundational work for the traditions of Latin American fiction and historiography, and so an essential book for English language North Americans also, at least for those not content to abide in ignorance of an ongoing common destiny. Roberto González Echevarría, the leading critic of Hispanic literature, powerfully introduces the sensitive translation by Kathleen Ross. Sarmiento's High Romantic vision created the myth of the gaucho and his death drive, fascinatingly at some variance with Sarmiento's own vitalistic nuancing of his saga."--Harold Bloom, author of The Western Canon, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, and Genius: A Mosaic of On Hundred Exemplary Minds

"Publishing this book in a new translation is a historic event in itself. Sarmiento's epic Facundo is more than one of the Western Hemisphere's most important literary works; it epitomizes the meaning of 'classic.' The translator, Kathleen Ross, has captured the epic majesty and metaphoric power of Sarmiento's prose."--Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University
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"Sarmiento's "Facundo remains a foundational work for the traditions of Latin American fiction and historiography, and so an essential book for English language North Americans also, at least for those not content to abide in ignorance of an ongoing common destiny. Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, the leading critic of Hispanic literature, powerfully introduces the sensitive translation by Kathleen Ross. Sarmiento's High Romantic vision created the myth of the gaucho and his death drive, fascinatingly at some variance with Sarmiento's own vitalistic nuancing of his saga."--Harold Bloom, author of "The Western Canon, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, and Genius: A Mosaic of On Hundred Exemplary Minds

"Publishing this book in a new translation is a historic event in itself. Sarmiento's epic "Facundo is more than one of the Western Hemisphere's most important literary works; it epitomizes the meaning of 'classic.' The translator, Kathleen Ross, has captured the epic majesty and metaphoric power of Sarmiento's prose."--Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University
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Table of contents

Facundo: An Introduction by Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria Translator's Introduction FACUNDO: CIVILIZATION AND BARBARISM Author's Note Introduction Chapter I. Physical Aspect of the Argentine Republic Chapter II. Argentine Originality and Characters Chapter III. Association Chapter IV. The Revolution of 1810 Chapter V. Life of Juan Facundo Quiroga Chapter VI. La Rioja Chapter VII. Social Life (1825) Chapter VIII. Tests of Strength Chapter IX. Society at War Chapter X. Society at War Chapter XI. Society at War Chapter XII. Society at War Chapter XIII. Barranca-Yaco!!! Chapter XIV. Unitarist Government Chapter XV. Present and Future Glossary of Historical Names Translator's Notes Index
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About 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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