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Book Title: La Voragine|
The author of the book: José Eustasio Rivera
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Date of issue: March 15th 2013
ISBN 13: 9781934768662
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Jose Eustasio Rivera lived in an era of major transformations that caused hesitation in the social and cultural parameters of everyday life. As an intellectual he possessed a reflexive attitude about the national problems and the political sectarianism. He also felt a great love for the nation as a result from seeing how the national territory was being disintegrated for diverse causes. Contradicted officially on the social accusations he had done as a member of the National Congress, he resorted to the novel to create conscience in the readers and thus to mobilize them to perform a social change. He was a committed writer and an authentic creator and literary innovator that took an open position of refusal against the negligence of the governments that didn't do anything about the abuses, the chaos and the destruction caused by the transnationals, the large capitals and the oligarchies. For that reason, in his fictional world the production of the literary referent deals with the dialectic of horror suffered by Arturo Cova and the rural hinterland population trapped by the atrocities denounced in the fictional realm. La voragine is a complex work that possesses a high degree of flexibility and a modern use of structural levels and techniques that reveal the formal transformations with which Rivera left aside mechanical writing and traditional constructions of narrative worlds. It also shows the writer's relationship with his readers, and his careful attention to their horizons of expectations. For all the reasons, it has been affirmed that this novel is "a work that resists the usual pigeonholing of realism, naturalism or telluric criollismo by which it is usually identified in the traditional critical discourse" (Schulman), also that it "is the most structurally and technically advanced novel of the period" (Goic), and that it is "a work of art that, within the literature written in Spanish, does not have parallel" (Gutierrez Girardot).
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Read information about the authorJosé Eustasio Rivera Salas was a Colombian lawyer and poet primarily known for his national epic The Vortex.
After a failed attempt to be elected for the senate, he was appointed Legal Secretary of the Colombo-Venezuelan Border Commission to determine the limits with Venezuela, there he had the opportunity to travel through the Colombian jungles, rivers, and mountains, giving him a first hand experience of the subjects he would later write. Disappointed with the lack of resources offered by his government for his trip, he abandoned the commission and continued travelling on his own.
In this venture he became familiar with life in the Colombian plains and with problems related to the extraction of rubber in the Amazon jungle, a matter that would be central in his major work, La vorágine (1924) (translated as The Vortex), now considered one of the most important novels in Latin American literary history.
After the success of his novel, he was elected, in 1925, as a member for the Investigative Commission for Exterior Relations and Colonization. He also published several articles in newspapers in Colombia. In these pieces, he criticized irregularities in government contracts, and denounced the abandonment of the rubber extraction areas of Colombia and the mistreatment of workers.
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