Fiction. In English translation. José María Arguedas is one of the few Latin American authors who loved and described his natural surroundings, and he ranks. : Deep Rivers (): Jose Maria Arguedas, Frances Horning Barraclough: Books. 4 discussion posts. Beth Asmaa said: Translator’s Note. Frances Horning BarracloughBarraclough points out that a reader will find in Los Rios Profund.

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And his father then leaves him at this seminary. His ideal of integration, a most passionate one, as it originates in his fragmented interiority, is doomed to failure. While Arguedas poetry was published in Quechua, he invented a language for xrguedas novels in which he used native syntax with Spanish vocabulary.

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It is a functional and flexible Spanish, which brings to light the different shades of a plurality of issues, people and peculiarities of the world exposed in the work. As such, its functions are varied, but it is first used to send messages to distant places. Ernesto’s security and acceptance reside with the Indians, who raised him, and with his father a traveling lawyernot with an old uncle, who owns a hacienda and is a powerful man.

What a lovely book veep is. Such a project is in extreme conflict: But he didn’t fit into Indian culture either, being Latino and not native. Book about the differences between ‘lo indio y lo espanol’ in Peru.


To me, this book was about a boy who had been brought up on the road, traveling with his father from town to town and not getting to stay anywhere for as long as he would like. Later, however, in the wake of another trouble that strikes the area, the Rector will try to protect Ernesto.

The last years of the s were srguedas fertile for Arguedas’ literary production.

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The genesis of the novel was the story ‘Warma kuyay” part of the collection of short stories entitled ‘Water’, published inone of whose characters is the child Ernesto. As the argkedas opens, the father is taking his son to see his estranged brother, known as the Old Man, in the ancient city of Cuzco.

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He drew heavily on his childhood experiences and anthropology training in writing Deep Rivers. In this respect the novel functions as a dazzling lyrical operation.

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Although the usual pranks and even some terrible cruelties take place at the school — most horribly the opaquely described repeated rapes of a mentally unstable woman called “the Idiot” — most of Ernesto’s time there is spent inside his own unhappy and lonely head.

Henry Thoreau, Annie Dillard Ernesto, a white boy of Spanish heritage, was raised by Indians, and “Deep Rivers” is essentially their story told by Ernesto. And yes, the description sounded like one! This page was last edited on 6 Juneat It is the story of Ernesto, a white Peruvian boy who was relegated to the kitchen by the relatives he was sent to live with and thus was raised by the Indian servants and came to speak their language, Quechua, and love their culture, especially their relationship to the natural world.


The insurrection and plague which affect the Indians are, as the Afterword says, major events in this autobiographical novel. A text of Arguedas which was published in in the form of autobiography Las Moradas, vol. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Clearly, I did not love it.

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He saw the beauty of the Peruvian landscape, as well as the grimness of social conditions in the What we do no know, however, is that by pulling the trigger at the very moment he felt his vocation endangered he has set us the greatest example of honesty a writer could give.

Feb 21, The ending of the book is ambiguous, and not a little shocking.

Thus, it reads more like non-fiction, somewhat dryly depicting a chronological series of events with no apparent narrative arc. References to this work on external resources.