Front Cover

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Title Page, Illustrations Page, Copyright Page, Dedication

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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

First and foremost, I would like to thank, infinitely, Horacio Legrás for his intellectual generosity, interest in my work, and unwavering support. My deepest thanks also go to Sara Castro-Klarén for enriching conversations, advice, and encouragement. I also thank the two anonymous...

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Introduction. Arguedas: Rethinking Community

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pp. 1-21

T his book takes up the Benjaminean definition of “illumination” as “that image of the past which unexpectedly appears to someone singled out by history at a moment of danger,” and envisions José María Arguedas and his work as the embodiment of this experience. He...

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Chapter 1. Sovereignty and Authority in Todas las sangres

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pp. 22-46

Todas las sangres is a fascinating book. It is a Dostoyevskian drama and a social novel that combines the exploration of the internal motives of the characters and the wide diagnostic of the Peruvian social reality. It tells the story of arrival of the transnational mining...

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Chapter 2. Andean Community: Beyond the Limits of Death Demand

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pp. 47-85

In Todas las sangres, the bond between individual and community is established fundamentally through the conceptualization of relationship to the divine and the transcendental, as the example of Don Bruno evinces, in the previous chapter. Jean-Luc Nancy theorizes the relationship...

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Chapter 3. “Why Have you Killed Me?”: Violence, Law, and Justice in Todas las sangres

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pp. 86-109

T he pages of Todas las sangres repeatedly depict moments of violence, when the blood of common people is spilled in their clashes with the state. Let us consider this telling example. The soldiers enter the town of San Pedro, accompanying the judge of the district and the subprefecto...

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Chapter 4. Moments of Revolutionary Transformation in Arguedean Novels

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pp. 110-138

"It was reading Mariátegui and later, Lenin, that I found a permanent order of things; socialist theory not only offered a road to follow for all my future, but also to all that there was of energy in me, it gave it a destiny and charged it even more with force, by the same fact of channeling it...

Notes

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pp. 139-162

Bibliography

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pp. 163-174

Index

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pp. 175-182

Back Cover

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