José Carlos Mariátegui
An AnthologyeBook - 2011
José Carlos Mariátegui 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 peoples must take an active, if not leading, role in any revolutionary struggle.
Today Latin America is the scene of great social upheaval. More progressive governments are in power than ever before, and grassroots movements of indigenous peoples, workers, and peasants are increasingly shaping the political landscape. The time is perfect for a rediscovery of Mariátegui, who is considered an intellectual precursor of today’s struggles in Latin America but virtually unknown in the English-speaking world. This volume collects his essential writings, including many that have never been translated and some that have never been published. The scope of this collection, masterful translation, and thoughtful commentary make it an essential book for scholars of Latin America and all of those fighting for a new world, waiting to be born.
This is a selected anthology of the writings of Peruvian Marxist political thinker José Carlos Mariátegui (1894-1930), edited and translated by Vanden (political science and international studies, U. of South Florida) and Becker (history, Truman State U.), who laud Mariátegui as a creative and innovative thinker who "nourished the early Marxist thought of Ernesto Che Guevara, championed the causes of Indigenous peoples, realized the revolutionary potential of the peasantry, asserted a mature Marxist feminism, and even resisted the Stalinization of Latin American Marxist parties" and as a figure of enduring and central importance to ideological struggle in Latin America even as he remains obscure in the English-speaking world. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)