Tungsten: A Novel

Tungsten: A Novel

Tungsten: A Novel

Tungsten: A Novel

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Writing with force and clarity, Vallejo makes it hard to turn away from the anger and suffering that breathe through these pages. He explains and dramatizes the roots of the hatred, bitterness, and fear often expressed by Third World intellectuals--not so much against the American people, but against the large corporations and the U.S. Government.

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Kevin J. O'Connor

Vallejo is now a common ground in our literature, a type of degree zero of the cultural object, a place at-once empty yet eternally open to signification. --Earique Ballón Aguirre

César Vallejo's fame as a poet has spread far beyond the boundaries of the Spanish-speaking world. The Eshleman/Barcia translation of his posthumous poetry became the first volume of translated verse ever to win the National Book Award. The dazzling technical innovations of the early vanguard poetry, Trilce, and the anguished expressiveness of the poetic structures Vallejo stressed almost to the breaking point in the final Poemas humanos have established him, without question, as one of the greatest poets of our age.

But the figure of the vanguard poet has obscured Vallejo's other dimension as proletarian novelist and playwright. Ironically, while much of the poetry for which Vallejo has become justly famous lay unpublished until his death, the proletarian novel Tungsten was as great a success as Vallejo would know in his lifetime. Yet the novel, which became a best-seller after its . . .

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