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 bargains the 1st comparative examine of 2 of latest Latin America's relevant literary figures: Mario Vargas Llosa and Jose Maria Arguedas.

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Hernán Vidal identifies in Boom literature three principal myths that originate from within the Romantic aesthetic: (1) the Adamic myth—the erasure of the colonial past and the establishment of a new order in capitalist modernity; (2) the Dionysian myth—the manifestation of barbaric instincts; and (3) the utopian myth—the search for an alternative to the dominant social project. These three myths occasionally manifested themselves in the dynamic of the Andean social drama of the 1960s. 4 In this sense, La utopía arcaica constitutes a discursive stage for these three perspectives, dramatizing the conflicts and disagreements between them as well as the relations between the representations of them, impressing upon them different articulations that result from their ideological and ethical positions.

In a similar capacity, Vargas Llosa was also involved in other Truth Commissions, for example, in Chile. ] Vargas Llosa distinguished himself as one of the most prolific and diverse writers of the Boom. According to some assessments, his work is characterized by a grasp of the grand narratives that traverse history and by an attempt to organize through literature the chaos of the real—in contrast to the literature of García Márquez, for example, who focused rather on more enclosed anecdotes and on the configuration of organically constituted worlds.

Vargas Llosa himself worked on the ideas of the philosopher and sociologist Karl Poppper, the economist Friedrich von Hayek, and the political scientist Isaiah Berlin, for example, to whom he dedicated admiring articles collected in Contra viento y marea I. ARGUEDAS AND VARGAS LLOSA 35 10. As chair of this commission, Vargas Llosa collaborated with legal scholars, anthropologists, journalists, lawyers, psychoanalysts, linguists, and photographers. ” The commission’s final report was drafted in 1983.

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