By Mabel Moraña
An English-language translation of the MLA Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize and LASA Premio Iberoamericano award-winning Spanish-language booklet, Arguedas/ Vargas Llosa. Dilemas y ensamblajes, Mabel Moraña deals the 1st comparative learn of 2 of latest Latin America's principal literary figures: Mario Vargas Llosa and Jose Maria Arguedas.
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With regard to historical context, it is important to remember that at the time the book was published, Vargas Llosa was firmly established in the literary field both at the national and international levels. , the Premio Biblioteca Breve for La ciudad y los perros in 1963, and both the Premio Rómulo Gallegos and the Premio Nacional de Novela en Perú for La casa verde in 1967). Vargas Llosa had also been inducted as a member of the Academia Peruana de la Lengua in 1977 and of the Academia Española in 1994, and he was awarded with the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1985.
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016 M. 1057/978-1-137-57187-8_4 39 40 M. MORAÑA For his part, Vargas Llosa proceeds by cautiously and reluctantly approaching the edges of criollo culture: examining the substance of local alterity from an external and privileged position that always permits him to represent the drama of Peruvian interculturality from outside and above it. The conflicts of class, race, and gender therefore appear in his work as shifting geological layers from whose realignments the problematic (which is to say, incomplete and perhaps doomed) modernity of the Andean region emerges, fragmented and provisional.
Indeed, both authors, especially when they are analyzed as two sides of the same coin of a still-unsolved dilemma of Andean society, represent, on the one hand, the inescapable stance against colonialism and the forms of domination enshrined within the criollo republic and, on the other hand, the demands imposed by the processes of Westernization that drive growth and an accelerated cosmopolitanization of societies that are peripheral to “high” capitalism during the second half of the twentieth century and up to the present day in the twenty-first century.