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Looking For History: Dispatches From Latin America

Alma Guillermoprieto

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ISBN 10: 0375420940 / ISBN 13: 9780375420948
Published by Pantheon, N.Y., 2001
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Title: Looking For History: Dispatches From Latin ...

Publisher: Pantheon, N.Y.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Since Alma Guillermoprieto became The New Yorker's Latin American correspondent a decade ago, she has emerged as the most informed and admired writer on her part of the world. In these superb pieces of reportage and analysis she anatomizes a region we are intimately linked with yet sadly ignorant of.

She writes in depth about three countries that are in deep difficulty: Cuba, to which she returned after many years—a place in an exhausting holding pattern, waiting for Castro's departure yet anxious about what may replace him. Colombia, in which she has spent several years and which is fatally splintered among the government, the left-wing guerrillas who control large sections of the country, thanks in part to money from the drug trade, and the right-wing paramilitaries. Mexico, where she lives, which is beset by the uprising in Chiapas (where she encounters the legendary masked leader, Marcos) and by the corruption of the government, yet emerging for the first time into some kind of real democracy.

Finally, she gives us the stories of Eva Perón—and so of Argentina; Che Guevara—and so of the aborted Marxist revolution in Latin America; and Mario Vargas Llosa, the great Peruvian novelist who in 1990 lost the battle for the presidency to Alberto Fujimori.

Looking for History
is personal reportage that is infused with the author's unique understanding of a world that she is a part of, but that she can also stand apart from and sympathetically observe.

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“Powerful . . . a literary gem . . . wonderfully written dispatches that capture the richness and intensity of Latin America’s reality. Those wanting a feel for the spirit of Latin America or what lies behind the headlines will hardly find more vivid accounts of the region’s recent history.”
–The Miami Herald

“The work of a master. . . . Guillermoprieto has brought back reports that are unforgettable, brave in their clearsightedness, but unstinting, too, in their passion and sympathy. The countries of Latin America now have their Orwell.”
–David Remnick

“Extraordinarily vivid. . . . Her fearless reporting, as well as her eloquent descriptions and character sketches, hold the reader’s attention rapt.”
–The Wall Street Journal

“Powerful and well-written. . . . Guillermoprieto digs far beneath the glib stereotypes wielded by outsiders to come up with a sensitive portrait of a region grappling with change. [Her] judgments are plausible, her reporting scrupulous and often courageous.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“Brilliant. . . . She deserves a wide readership.”
–Carlos Fuentes

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