Utopia undone : the fall of Uruguay in the novels of Carlos Martínez Moreno /
Kenton V. Stone.
Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1994.
217 p. ; 25 cm.
0838751938 (alk. paper)
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Lewisburg [Pa.] : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1994.
0838751938 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-207) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-02:
In their rush to study the complex, thundering, experimental fiction--variously described as boom, postboom, new historical novel--that has come out of Latin America over the past 30 years, critics, an ever-widening circle, have turned to authors previously forgotten, neglected, or undiscovered. The subject of Stone's study, Uruguay's lawyer-author Carlos Mart'inez Moreno, stands faithfully in the shadow of his more famous countrymen Juan Carlos Onetti and Mario Benedetti, and Stone scatters informative contrasts among the themes, philosophy, and styles of the three authors throughout his analysis. Far more important in Stone's critical design, however, is his examination, as suggested by the book's title, of Mart'inez Moreno's prose works as artistic reflections of Uruguayan society during that country's severe political and moral decline of the 1960s and 1970s, la deca. By precedent, inclination, and necessity, a political reading of works by contemporary Latin American authors is inevitable, but Stone's study strikes a successful, if at times tottering, balance between an authoritative theoretical critique of aesthetic configurations in Mart'inez Moreno's works and analysis of political allegories that staunchly proceed from them. Stone's view of Mart'inez Moreno's marked passage from deca to postdeca style as a sign of the advent of Latin American postmodernism is one of several well-reasoned theoretical turns he develops. Stone proves once again that art and politics form the constant and occasionally fruitful synthesis of Latin American society. Typos abound. Upper-division undergraduate and up. B. L. Lewis; Lyon College
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This study shows that Martinez Moreno is a writer of the "Boom" in the Latin novels of the 1960s who deserves a revival in critical attention, and proposes a new reading of his work that extends beyond political protest to a study of Dantean moral analysis -- especially evident in El color que el infierno me escondiera.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 9
The Life and Times of Carlos Martinez Morenop. 15
Los aborigenes: The Drama of Latin America's Elitep. 35
Cordelia: Mental Architecturep. 50
El paredon: The Ethics of Revolutionary Justicep. 62
La otra mitad: Know Thyselfp. 88
Con las primeras luces: The Darkness before the Dawnp. 109
Coca: Cupid, Cocaine, and Military Corruptionp. 127
Tierra en la boca: Decadence, Death, and a Decent Burialp. 145
El color que el infierno me escondiera: After the Fallp. 166
Chronologyp. 195
Notesp. 199
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 209
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