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Redoble por Rancas (Spanish) Paperback – November 1, 1997

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El poeta, narrador y editor peruano Manuel Scorza (1928-1983) dejo sin desmentir afirmaciones erroneas sobre su biografia e incluso contribuyo a la confusion informativa alrededor de su persona. Como ocurre tambien con buena parte de su obra, su concepcion de la autobiografia constituye otra forma de creacion en la que realidad y ficcion se hallan intimamente relacionadas. A pesar de que la produccion literaria de Manuel Scorza tuvo como centro vital, como tema unico e indiscutible, a su pais natal, Peru, su labor fue mas reconocida fuera de esas fronteras, y ""Redoble por Rancas"" tuvo un fulgurante exito europeo. La novela denuncia explicitamente los abusos sufridos por las comunidades campesinas de los Andes Centrales, de mayoria indigena, y su lucha contra la explotacion y la injusticia. Sin embargo, aunque la obra de Scorza responde a una hermeneutica que dialoga con la tradicion literaria peruana, representada por el indigenismo, trasciende sus limites y convenciones, y huye de esa etiqueta en un proceso constante y paulatino que se mueve en dos niveles. Uno historico real y otro ficcional, que desde un enfoque mitologico y fantastico tiene como funcion constituir una aclaracion de la realidad. --Los editores --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Spanish edition (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0140265856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140265859
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Redoble por Rancas is part of the pentalogy of novels written by Scorza, that constitutes along with La Danza Inmovil his immortal legacy to Latin American literature. Rancas, that humble village in the middle of Peru is just a metaphore for the underprivileged all over Latin America. The abuses of the dominant elite, the absurdity of this oppression are challenged against all hope by the indigenous peasants. Behind the inevitable humor is a fierce criticism of the landowners, the big corporations, and the complicity of corrupt local authorities. It is the brutality of the repression that brings the reader to think of the immense tenderness that Scorza uses to paint his characters. However, this book cannot be read alone. You must try to get the other four: El Cantar de Agapito Robles, Garabombo El Invisible (my favorite), El Jinete Insomne, y La Tumba del Relampago.
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I think this book successfully portrays the abuses committed by international corporations in the forgotten Andean region. The cruelty and abuses of the mining company as well as of the government towards the indigenous farmers of Rancas contrasts the witting and funny descriptions of events that may seem small but have a greater significance to the development of the story. The author does a great job in narrating a true story mixed with the magical realism style of Latin American writers. This is the first book I read from this author and I am truly happy I picked this book to read because I have learned that injustice and abuses towards the indigenous people of South America have not stopped since the Spanish first arrived there. This book really transported me into the story and made me more aware of the clash between the Inca and Spanish legacy in south America. It is time that the prejudices and wrong conceptions left by the Spanish are obliterated from south America so that they can all solve their problems together. I love this book. I highly recommend it!!
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