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Redeemers: Ideas and Power in Latin America

by Enrique Krauze

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Clear and elegant, an intellectual history of 20th century Latin America thinly draped as biographic sketches. ( )
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Latin America has been of vital importance to the United States almost since the birth of our nation, and the significance of this relationship has only increased in recent decades. But mutual understanding between these regions is lacking, even as Latin Americans are striving to promote the values of democracy in their native countries and beyond. Why has this process proved to be such a struggle, and what does the future of the region hold?

In Redeemers, acclaimed historian Enrique Krauze presents the major ideas that have formed the modern Latin American political mind during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from early postcolonial authoritarian regimes to nineteenth-century Liberalism and Conservatism, and then the impact of Socialism and Marxism as well as nationalism and indigenism and the movement toward liberal democracy of recent years. Krauze looks closely at how these ideas have been expressed in the lives of influential revolutionaries, thinkers, poets, and novelists—figures whose lives were marked by a passionate involvement in history, power, and, for some, revolution, as well as a personal commitment to love, friendship, and family. Krauze’s subjects come from across the continents. Here are the Cuban José Martí; the Argentines Che Guevara and Evita Perón; the groundbreaking political thinkers José Vasconcelos of Mexico and José Carlos Mariátegui from Peru. Writers José Enrique Rodó, Mario Vargas Llosa, Octavio Paz, and Gabriel García Márquez reinforce the importance of imagination to inspire social change.

Redeemers also highlights Mexico’s Samuel Ruiz and Subcomandante Marcos and Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez, and their influence on contemporary Latin America.

In this brilliant and deeply researched history, Enrique Krauze uses the range of these extraordinary lives to illuminate the struggle that has defined Latin American history: an ever-precarious balance between the ideal of democracy and the temptation of political messianism. Through this comprehensive collage of the distinct but interconnected experiences and views of these twelve fascinating cultural and political figures, we can better understand how this balance continues to affect Latin America today and how its nations will define themselves and relate to the larger world in the years ahead.

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Desde Josae Martai hasta Octavio Paz, Eva Peraon hasta Gabriel Garcaia Maarquez, los paaises latinoamericanos han producido algunos de los escritores, revolucionarios, pensadores y lideres maas influyentes del mundo, cuyas vidas han contribuido colectivamente a las ideas centrales que dominan la polaitica, filosofaia y literatura de la regiaon. Esas ideas son las protagonistas de este libro, pero no las ideas en abstracto, sino las ideas encarnadas en personas con vidas tocadas por la pasiaon del poder, la historia y la revoluciaon, asai como el amor, la amistad y la familia. Vidas reales, no ideas andantes. A la manera de Plutarco y sus Vidas paralelas, el autor dibuja los perfiles de Peraon y Che Guevara, pone en contrapunto las actitudes polaiticas y morales de los novelistas Garcaia Maarquez y Mario Vargas Llosa, y explica la conexiaon histaorica entre el teaologo Samuel Ruiz y el guerrillero Subcomandante Marcos. Por este libro tambiaen desfilan profetas de la redenciaon como el heroico Martai, el idealista Josae Enrique Rodao y, como figura central, el poeta y ensayista Paz, cuya vida abarca el siglo entero y cuyas raaices familiares recogen toda la tradiciaon revolucionaria moderna. Finalmente conecta a Hugo Chaavez con la tradiciaon caudillista y el culto al haeroe. A travaes de estas doce biografaias sutilmente entrelazadas, Enrique Krauze esclarece el dilema central de Amaerica Latina: la tensiaon entre el ideal de la democracia y la tentaciaon, siempre presente, del mesianismo polaitico.… (more)

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