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PROSE Awards Literature Subject Category Winner, 2020

In the politically volatile period from the 1960s through the end of the twentieth century, Latin American authors were in direct dialogue with the violent realities of their time and place. Writing Revolution in Latin America is a chronological study of the way revolution and revolutionary thinking is depicted in the fiction composed from the eye of the storm.

From Mexico to Chile, the gradual ideological evolution from a revolutionary to a neoliberal mainstream was a consequence of, on the one hand, the political hardening of the Cuban Revolution beginning in the late 1960s, and, on the other, the repression, dictatorships, and economic crises of the 1970s and beyond. Not only was socialist revolution far from the utopia many believed, but the notion that guerrilla uprisings would lead to an easy socialism proved to be unfounded. Similarly, the repressive Pinochet dictatorship in Chile led to unfathomable tragedy and social mutation.

This double-edged phenomenon of revolutionary disillusionment became highly personal for Latin American authors inside and outside Castro's and Pinochet's dominion. Revolution was more than a foreign affair, it was the stuff of everyday life and, therefore, of fiction.

Juan De Castro's expansive study begins ahead of the century with Jos Mart in Cuba and continues through the likes of Mario Vargas Llosa in Peru, Gabriel Garc a M rquez in Colombia, and Roberto Bola o in Mexico (by way of Chile). The various, often contradictory ways the authors convey this precarious historical moment speaks in equal measure to the social circumstances into which these authors were thrust and to the fundamental differences in the ways they themselves witnessed history.

About the Author


Juan E. De Castro is an associate professor of literary studies at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School, where he teaches courses in Latin American literatures. He is the author of three books: Mestizo Nations: Culture, Race, and Conformity in Latin American Literature (2002), The Spaces of Latin American Literature: Tradition, Globalization, and Cultural Production (2008), and Mario Vargas Llosa: Public Intellectual in Neoliberal Latin America (2011).


Product Details
ISBN: 9780826522597
ISBN-10: 0826522599
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
Publication Date: September 15th, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English