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Fiction. In English translation. José María Arguedas is one of the few Latin American authors who loved and described his natural surroundings, and he ranks. : Deep Rivers (): Jose Maria Arguedas, Frances Horning Barraclough: Books. 4 discussion posts. Beth Asmaa said: Translator’s Note. Frances Horning BarracloughBarraclough points out that a reader will find in Los Rios Profund.

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Later, father and son go to the town of Abancay, where the father hopes to stay but ultimately leaves his son at a Catholic boarding school. Only flag comments that clearly need our attention. Waveland PressMar 28, – Fiction – pages. See the other authors section.

Aruguedas, whose early life was similar to Ernesto’s, frequently uses Quechua words and Quechua songs to illustrate Ernesto’s deep love of the culture and its conflict with the powers that be. This was in fact Arguedas’ own upbringing. The story begins in Cuzco, where Ernesto and his father Gabriel arrive.

The Spanish colonial walls built on top of the remains of Inca stone buildings set the symbolic stage for the rest of the book, for Ernesto is caught between the two cultures. Such a project is in extreme conflict: My edition of this book which has the same ISBN as the edition I chose, but looks different and comes in at just under pages took me over 2 weeks to read.

Arguedas was an anthropologist, as well as a writer and poet. To participate in the world is not to live in harmony; it is exactly the opposite, to internalize the conflicts of reality. No library descriptions found. Ernesto’s unforgettable encounter with a lovely blue-eyed lady on the day of the insurrection makes him inquire into her identity.

Ernesto narrates the story, making frequent references to the “Andean landscape” and its irrational, all-knowing dark forces, which know the tragedies and hardships that inexplicably happen. Retrieved from ” https: Four round holes, like eyes, emanated from the sphere. This Ernesto is unmistakably the same as the Deep Rivers character.


Although there is not much of a plot, a couple of things of significance happen, including an uprising depe local woman because the distribution of salt has been halted; feeling himself connected more to these women than to the society inside his school, Ernesto runs after them, drawing the ire of the powerful but condescending priest, the Rector, who runs the school.

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Later, outside the boundaries of the school, a group of chicheras mutiny, demanding the distribution of salt, and a mass of Indian peasants enter the city to ask for a mass for the victims of epidemic typhus.

Gabriel, an itinerant lawyer, is looking for a rich relative called ‘El Viejo’ the old onein order to ask for work and shelter. Deep Rivers is not an easy novel. The boys’ fears, however, are mollified by the Rector, and their boyish pursuits again take precedence over their thoughts. Deep Rivers First edition. The beauty of the story is found in the cumulative effect of his descriptions of the world as seen through the eyes of young boy who is lost in the white man’s world, yet does not belong in the Quecha world in which he was raised.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For afguedas boy Ernesto, salvation is his world of dreams and memories. Over 2 weeks for fewer than pages. This contradiction is embodied in the main character of the book; Ernesto. Mar 17, The push to complete the novel emerged years later inwhile conducting ethnographic fieldwork in the Mantaro Valley.

On the deeo hand, in order to capture the double movement of convergence and dispersion, or unity and aarguedas, this novel builds a dense and beautiful symbolic system that creatively retells certain indigenous myths and gives them fresh life. Something about the cadence of the writing.


This makes translation into other languages extremely difficult, and Frances Horning Barraclough has done a masterful job, winning the Translation Center Award from Columbia University. During bouts of of loneliness, he reminiscences about times in the past when his father had to leave him; he takes to the wilderness to admire the Pachachaca river and bridge.

The toy, unfamiliar to them, nonetheless enchants the boys with its hum, light, and motion.

defp Introduction He inspired respect, in spite of his old-fashioned and dirty appearance. It is the story of Ernesto, a white Peruvian boy who was relegated to the kitchen by the relatives he was sent to live reep and thus was raised by the Indian servants and came to speak their language, Quechua, and love their culture, especially depe relationship to the natural world. Ernesto, the narrator of Deep Riversis a child with origins in two worlds.

My edition of this book which has the same ISBN as the edition I chose, but looks different and comes in at just under pages took me over 2 weeks to read. Top Five Books of University of Texas Press- Latin American fiction – pages.

Book about the differences between ‘lo indio y lo espanol’ in Peru. Selected pages Title Page. What a lovely book this is. Ernesto, a white boy of Spanish heritage, was raised argudeas Indians, and “Deep Rivers” is essentially their story told by Ernesto.

In this respect the novel functions as a dazzling lyrical operation. When he got a little older, his father, a not-so-successful itinerant lawyer, took him with him as he traveled around the Andes seeking work. Thus, it reads more like non-fiction, somewhat dryly depicting a chronological series of events with no apparent narrative arc.

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