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Tungsten

Vallejo, Cesar

Published by Syracuse University Press, 1988
ISBN 10: 081560226X / ISBN 13: 9780815602262
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Title: Tungsten

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Syracuse. 1988. Syracuse University Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. Translated from the Spanish by Robert Mezey. 134 pages. hardcover. Front cover - 'This mined-out mountain slope is in the O'eros region of Peru near where the action of TUNGSTEN takes place; the two Indians pictured are of the type Vallejo calls 'soras' in his novel. Photograph by John Cohen. 081560226x. keywords: Literature Translated Peru Latin America. inventory # 11210. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Cesar Vallejo is acknowledged as one of the great poets of this century. But although his poetry has been translated many many his prose has been relatively ignored - certainly in the United States. Nineteen eight-eight marks the fiftieth anniversary of Vallejo’s death, and what more meaningful way to commemorate this event than by making available for the first English edition of TUNGSTEN, his only full-fledged novel. Vallejo wrote of things he saw and experienced as an Indian, a cholo. As reflected in the narrative, Vallejo worked in the mines; he did time in jail; he was an active Communist. Vallejo’s novel deals with life in and around a mining camp built by a U.S. corporation in the Peruvian Andes and with the exploitation and debasement of the local Indian tribes, of women, of the earth itself. Writing with force and clarity, Vallejo makes it hard to turn away from the anger and suffering that breathe through these pages. He explains and dramatizes the roots of the hatred, bitterness, and fear often expressed by Third World intellectuals - not so much against the American people, but against the large corporations and the U.S. government. TUNGSTEN, one of the earliest social-realist novels in Latin American literature, was a best seller in Spain and in the Soviet Union. Now Robert Mezey’s careful and sensitive translation brings this classic text to a North American audience. Robert Mezey is Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Pomona College. He is the author of many books and has received the Lamont Poetry Award, the Robert Frost Prize, Ingram Merrill, Guggenheim, and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a poetry award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Kevin J. O’Connor is Assistant Professor of English at Colorado College. Originally publsihed in Spanish as El Tungsteno in 1931 by Editorial Centit, Madrid. Bookseller Inventory # 11210

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Synopsis: The author's first novel, which is a passionate documentation of a representative movement in modern Peruvian history and a powerful indictment of North American corporations and their malign impact on the people of Peru.

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