Yawar Fiesta (Texas Pan American Series) 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0292796027
ISBN-10: 0292796021
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Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Arguedas, Deep Rivers (ISBN 9781577662440); Asturias, The President (ISBN 9780881339512); Azuela, Los de Abajo: Novela de la Revolucion Mexicana (ISBN 9780881336627); and Azuela, The Underdogs (ISBN 9781577662419). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Series: Texas Pan American Series
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr (March 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292796021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292796027
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,706,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Raj V. Mankad on May 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
This novel has no main characters, but somehow it works. With his extraordinary ability to see across class and ethnic lines, Arguedas constructs a whole community as the hero of the story.

Another translated novel by Arguedas, Deep Rivers, comes out so emotionally, it seems innocent of conscious craft and form. In Yawar Fiesta, however, Arguedas displays a more obvious mastery of the novel, pushing the genre and language into beautiful spaces of song and history. Arguedas's childlike way of observing, these incredible lyric passages that amp up the energy, expose worlds of injustice, resistance, joy, creativity, dialogue... I admire Frances Barraclough, the translator, for creating new hybrid spaces out of the wonderful mess Arguedas made of Spanish and Quechua.

For anyone with an interest in the Andean highlands, Arguedas is really a must read. If you're a trekker on the Inca Trail, take this book along with you. It will make a pilgrimage of your tourism.
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I first read Yawar Fiesta 7 years ago and was instantly struck by the complexity of the narrative and the brilliant blend of Spanish and Quechua that represents people's real language skills (in which the white elite "mistis" use a different, more sophisticated Spanish language than the indigenous, illiterate peasants, who tend to speak a broken Spanish that maintains part of the Quechua grammatical structure). Also, I was amazed by the lively description of Andean life, that describes the lives and dynamics between all main interest groups (mistis, townspeople with and without linkages with the mistis, rural indigenous, migrants in Lima, the bull, etc.). Also noteworthy, he described in detail the migration to Lima and its effect on the town of Puquio, a good 20-30 years before academic interest in the subject began to arise.

A few years later I researched the historical accuracy of Yawar Fiesta a bit more and to my astonishment learnt that the book was - by and large - an accurate description of Puquio in the 1930s, the town in which Arguedas spent a part of his childhood. The anthropologist R. Montoya for instance visited Puquio and interviewed many locals, who confirmed his general description of the town.
(For those interested in the academic opinion see for instance:
- Cornejo Polar, A.:Los universos narrativos de José María Arguedas (1997)
- Kokotovic,M., ‘Transculturación narrativa y modernidad andina: nueva lectura de Yawar Fiesta’ in Franco, S.R. ed., José María Arguedas: hacia una poética migrante (Pittsburgh 2006)
- Marin, G., La experiencia americana de José María Arguedas (Buenos Aires 1973)
- Montoya, R.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Newman VINE VOICE on November 20, 2012
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When you read a vividly colorful novel like this, you can't help but be impressed, even if the language is difficult, owing to the fact that the author has peppered every page with Quechua words and the translator has rendered the Indianized Spanish into a kind of pidgin English. Although the buildup is long and many characters introduced, the ending is brief and leaves so much untold. Yes, I suppose in terms of world literature, this is a minnow, but in terms of Peruvian society, in terms of bringing new figures onto the world stage, and saying, "Yes, we are here and we are no less than the rest of humanity.", this is an important novel. It also has beautiful lyrical passages and you get the feeling of the Andes highlands as nowhere else. At least, that's why I've given it four stars.

Puquio, an actual town in the highlands of Peru, about 10,000 feet up, is revealed most accurately in YAWAR FIESTA, but of course, as it was at the time it was written--in the 1930s. The divisions based on race, language, class, and education are described, with characters from each sector of society represented in the story, which concerns an upcoming fiesta in which the Quechua-speaking Indians, eternally under the boot of the white or mixed race upper classes and Spanish-speaking townsmen, plan to capture a wild bull and then "fight" it with bravery and dynamite in the plaza. A large landowner, owner of the wildest,fiercest bull goes to the altiplano (puna) with some of his underlings to capture "Misitu", the bull. He fails. A party of Indians succeeds. An arrogant government official from the coast determines to put an end to the promised "crude, primitive contest". The Indians have to be put in their place. The mestizo middle class and middle ranchers agree with him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred C. Dobbs on January 16, 2012
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It's been years since I read this marvelous book, but it has stayed with me. It is utterly fantastic and full of raw life and vigor. It's a masterpiece of it's kind.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on March 20, 2014
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The book came in great condition and is a good read itself. It is a bit difficult to follow but the overall message once fully grasped is worth the effort.
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