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José Carlos Mariátegui: An Anthology

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Jose Carlos Mariategui is one of Latin America's most profound but overlooked thinkers. A self-taught journalist, social scientist, and activist from Peru, he was the first to emphasize that those fighting for the revolutionary transformation of society must adapt classical Marxist theory to the particular conditions of Latin American. He also stressed that indigenous peop ...more
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Published August 1st 2011 by Monthly Review Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Brant
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Mariategui is one of the more interesting Marxist theorists of the past century. This anthology is a bit erratic and includes essays on the most random of subjects that he wrote on from Charlie Chaplin to Maxim Gorky. However, it includes many of his excellent works on the indigenous question in Peru and provides a strong analysis for the grounds of revolution that would later be attempted after his death by the Shining Path. His analysis of a national road to socialism (according to the particu ...more
Bill Crane
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was my first encounter with the thought of Maríategui-- the man who was the founder of Peruvian Marxism and a guiding influence on Latin American revolutionary thought still only has this book and one other, "Seven Interpretive Essays on Peruvian Reality," available in English.

My experience of this collection was enough to convince me of Mariátegui's significance as a creative mind who successfully applied Marxism to the Latin American experience. Though I hope to read him in Spanish should
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Really remarkable collection of very readable, journalistic essays and articles. I really like Mariategui's writing and for some reason I'm convinced I'd like him as a person. His writing demonstrates a formidable intellect and a very serious attitude to the political tasks he was faced with. As a theorist he had huge potential but there is no exposition as full and competent as you find in the best Marxist theorists. In particular his use of words
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José Carlos Mariátegui La Chira was a Peruvian journalist, political philosopher, and activist. A prolific writer before his early death at age 35, he is considered one of the most influential Latin American socialists of the 20th century. Mariátegui's most famous work, Seven Interpretive Essays on Peruvian Reality (1928), is still widely read in South America. An avowed, self-taught Marxist, he i ...more