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Martin Rivas (Library of Latin America)

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Widely acknowledged as the first Chilean novel, Martin Rivas (1862) by Alberto Blest Gana (1830-1920) is at once a passionate love story and an optimistic representation of Chilean nationhood. Written shortly after a decade of civil conflict, it is an indispensable source for understanding politics and society in nineteenth-century Chile.

The hero of the story is Martin Rivas, an impoverished but ambitious youngster from the northern mining region of Chile, who is entrusted by his late father to the household of a wealthy and influential member of the Santiago elite. While living there, he falls in love with his guardian's daughter. The tale of their tortuous but ultimately successful love affair represents the author's desire for reconciliation between Chile's antagonistic regional and class interests. Indeed, many critics have interpreted Martin Rivas as a blueprint for national unity that emphasizes consensus over conflict.

In addition to providing commentary about the mores of Chilean society, Blest Gana documents the enormous gap that existed between the rich and poor classes. An invaluable text for its portrayal of contemporary social, political, and class conditions, Martin Rivas illustrates the enriching influence that romanticism had on nineteenth-century Chilean literature.

Synopsis:

Arguably the most widely read work of Chilean Literature, Martín Rivas (1862) by Alberto Blest Gana (1830-1920) is at once a passionate love story and a keenly observed portrait of the manners and customs of nineteenth-century Chile.

Martín Rivas, an impoverished but ambitious young man from the northern mining region of Chile, is entrusted by his late father to the household of a wealthy and influential member of the Santiago elite. While living there, he falls in love with his guardian's daughter. A poor provincial, Martin perceives his situation to be hopeless, so he immediately sets about improving his financial and social station. Along the way, he bears witness to the wide range of social and moral strata within Chilean society.

Filled with unerring social portraits, animated dialogue, and sharply drawn characters, Martín Rivas is an engagingly spontaneous and a charmingly romantic novel that illustrates the enriching influences that romanticism had on nineteenth-century Chilean literature.

This distinguished edition includes an introduction by Jaime Concha, situating the novel in historical context and providing both important biographical information on the author and a subtle literary analysis of the text.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195107142
Editor:
Concho, Jaime
Other:
O'Dwyer, Tess
Editor:
Concho, Jaime
Author:
null, Tess
Author:
Concha, Jaime
Author:
null, Jaime
Author:
O'Dwyer, Tess
Author:
Blest, Alberto
Author:
null, Alberto
Author:
Gana, Alberto Blest
Author:
Blest Gana, Alberto
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
Oxford ;
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Caribbean & Latin American
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Latin American
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Library of Latin America
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20000131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 illus.
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.5 x 1.3 in 1.1 lb

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Product details 448 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195107142 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Arguably the most widely read work of Chilean Literature, Martín Rivas (1862) by Alberto Blest Gana (1830-1920) is at once a passionate love story and a keenly observed portrait of the manners and customs of nineteenth-century Chile.

Martín Rivas, an impoverished but ambitious young man from the northern mining region of Chile, is entrusted by his late father to the household of a wealthy and influential member of the Santiago elite. While living there, he falls in love with his guardian's daughter. A poor provincial, Martin perceives his situation to be hopeless, so he immediately sets about improving his financial and social station. Along the way, he bears witness to the wide range of social and moral strata within Chilean society.

Filled with unerring social portraits, animated dialogue, and sharply drawn characters, Martín Rivas is an engagingly spontaneous and a charmingly romantic novel that illustrates the enriching influences that romanticism had on nineteenth-century Chilean literature.

This distinguished edition includes an introduction by Jaime Concha, situating the novel in historical context and providing both important biographical information on the author and a subtle literary analysis of the text.

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