José María Arguedas Altamirano (18 January – 2 December ) was a Peruvian . – Cuentos olvidados. Posthumous collection of short stories. Alibris has new & used books by Jose Maria Arguedas, including hardcovers, softcovers, rare, La agonía de Rasuñiti ; El sueño del pongo ; Cuentos olvidados. 13 14 15 16 17 18 4 Arguedas, “I Am Not an Acculturated Man,” –70 Agua (Lima: Cip, ) as well as those collected later in Cuentos olvidados, ed 6 José María Arguedas, “The Novel and the Problem of Literary Expression .
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Arguedas was an author of Spanish descent, with a rare fluency in the native Quechua language, gained by living in two Quechua households from the age of 7 to 11 – first in the indigenous servant quarters of his step-mother’s home, then escaping her “perverse and cruel” son, with an indigenous family approved by his father – who wrote maaria, short stories, and poems in both Spanish and Quechua.
Generally remembered as one of the most notable figures of 20th-century Peruvian literature, Arguedas is especially mqria for his intimate portrayals of indigenous Andean culture. Key in his desire to depict indigenous expression and perspective more authentically was his creation of a new language that cjentos Spanish and Quechua and premiered in his debut novel Yawar Fiesta.
Despite a dearth of translations into English, the critic Martin Seymour-Smith has dubbed Arguedas “the greatest novelist of our time,” who wrote “some of the most powerful prose that the world has known.
Because of the absence of his father, a lawyer who traveled frequently, and his bad relationship with his step-mother and step-brother, he comforted himself in the care of the family’s indigenous servants, allowing him to immerse himself in the language and customs of the Andes, which came to form an important part of his personality.
He began studying at National University of San Marcos Lima in  ; there he graduated with a degree in Literature. He later took up studies in Ethnology, receiving his degree in and his doctorate in Between and he was sent to prison for protesting an envoy sent to Peru by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
Arguedas also worked for the Ministry of Education, where he put into practice his interests in preserving and promoting Peruvian culture, in particular traditional Andean music and dance.
Arguedas shot himself on November 29, in his office at the National Agrarian University in La Molina leaving behind very specific instructions for his funeral, a diary depicting his depression, and a final unfinished manuscript, The Fox From Up Above and the Fox From Down Below. He depicts his struggle between his desire to authentically illuminate the life of the Andean Indians and his personal anguish trapping him in depression:.
But since I have not been able to write on the topics chosen and elaborated, whether small or ambitious, I am going to write on the only one that attracts me–this one of how I did not succeed in killing myself and how I am now wracking my brains looking for a way to liquidate myself decently The title of the book originates in a Quechua myth that Arguedas translated into Spanish earlier in his life.
Arguedas began his literary career by writing short stories about the indigenous environment familiar to him from his childhood. He wrote in a Spanish highly influenced by Quechua syntax and vocabulary. By the time he published his first novel inYawar Fiesta “Blood Fest”he had begun to explore the theme that would interest him for the rest of his career: Yet he also was conscious of the simplistic portrayal of the indigenous peoples in other “indigenista” literature and worked hard to give the Andean Indians a true voice in his works.
This effort was not always successful as some critics contend that Arguedas portrayed Indian characters as too gentle and childlike.
Many of his works also depicted the violence and exploitation of race relations in Peru’s small rural towns and haciendas.
Arguedas was moderately optimistic about the olvixados of a rapprochement between the forces of “tradition” and the forces of “modernity” until the s when he became more pessimistic. In his last mria work, El zorro de arriba y el zorro de abajo “The Fox From Up Above and the Fox From Down Below,”he abandoned the realism of his earlier works for a more postmodern approach. This novel expressed his despair, caused by his fear that the “primitive” ways of the Indians could not survive the onslaught of modern technology and capitalism.
At the same time that Arguedas was becoming more pessimistic about race relations in his country, younger Peruvian intellectuals became increasingly militant, often criticizing his work in harsh terms for his poetic, romanticized treatment of indigenous and rural life.
An instance of the debate that ensued can be seen in the famous Mesa redonda sobre Todas las Sangres Roundtable on All the Bloods ofin which Arguedas’s penultimate novel was the object of blunt criticism from several social scientists at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.
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