This short story, which Echevarría wrote in 1839 but wasn't published until 1971, is one of the major works of the Argentine romantic writer and a milestone in the history of Latin American literature. A political allegory of the clash between civilization and barbarism in Argentina, the work alludes to the brutality with which the dictatorship of Juan Manuel Rosas repressed its opponents. But beyond the idiosyncratic reading, the story acts as a precursor of universal themes that reappear literature, such as the masses as a political instrument and tyranny and populism.
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Key short story by Echeverria, political activist in 1830s Argentina, in a new and very complete edition by The Friday Project containing a long and helpful-for-context foreword by translator which set the historical context (without which I would have been lost), text, glossary, original text with note, further poetry by Echeverria, and translation of foreword to original posthumous edition.The story is barely 30 pages long, and there is no doubt about its gore and grisliness. The political satire/parody is very extreme - portrays bleak and bloody events and then says they show the glory of the regime. 5/10 awarded because I find it very difficult to award any sort of mark - so short and bizarre.more