Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 2, March-April

A Poet's Seafaring Fantasy
PABLO NERUDA loved the sea and everything about it: sand, ships in bottle, figureheads of beautiful maidens from the prows of ships and seashells. At Isla Negra, his coastal home in Chile, over 700 seashells crown the tops of dressers, are tucked...
Assembling for Progress
During the first week of June, Santiago, Chile became the diplomatic capital of the Americas when it hosted the twenty-first General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS). Ambassadors, foreign ministers, and delegations from 34 OAS...
A Stitch in Time
How often have you heard the complaint "things just aren't made to last the way they used to be?" Despite advanced technology, today's manufacturers of textiles have been unable to duplicate the intricate weaving techniques of the Inca empire--a process...
Contract with Loneliness
A SOLITARY HERDSMAN tops a rolling hill at the head of his flock and approaches under an open sky. The treeless landscape stretches nearly out of sight where snowy peaks rim the horizon. Tufts of dry grass blow in the cold wind and bow to the animals'...
Crossing Cultural Frontiers
A century ago the republics of the Americas were separated by geography as much as they were united by it. In the late nineteenth century, travel within the same country was in many cases still something of an adventure. And except for migrants from...
Encore for a National Treasure
With its massive neoclassical facade, its marble pillars and railings, its gold-leafed moldings and its handsom paintings and statuary, the National Theater of Costa Rica in San Jose is considered one of Latin America's most precious architectural...
Everything Is History
Maria Saenz Quesada is an Argentine writer whose mission is to popularize history. As a expert in the field of sociological history (or historical sociology), Saenz Quesada teaches and writes incessantly. For more than twenty years she has been the...
Fresh Horizons
Mexico City, the shining City of Palaces, has become the City of Darkness, a thick veil of smog covering what was once a clean, picturesque metropolis. In the years since World War II, this ancient Aztec capital has undergone prodigious growth. Today...
Ivo Pitanguy: Master of Artful Surgery
IT WAS EXACTLY one week before Ash Wednesday, and Rio de Janeiro was getting ready for Carnival madness. I was interviewing Professor Ivo Pitanguy in his elegant clinic on the subject of the unusual tributes he has received in his life--among them,...
Playing the International Field
An extraordinarily picturesque fishing village called Cojimar, located a stone's throw from Havana on Cuba's north coast, is being transformed into a worldclass sports arena. Once home to Ernest Hemingway and the setting for The Old Man and the Sea,...
The Magical Whorls of Colombino
Carlos Colombino is Paraguay's best known artist. On that score there is no doubt. His artistic activity is varied and copious, covering painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, design, and architecture. He is also a teacher and the leading promoter...
Through the Portals of Stately Ranches
IT WAS EL DORADO without all the bother of mining the gold. It was Europe with its ideals of beauty; it was America with its vast opportunities. Such was life on the flourishing Argentine ranches from the middle of the nineteenth century into the...
Vivid Perspectives in Six Strokes
Six Argentine artists of varied and intense personalities showed their works from May 17 to June 14 at the Novus Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, in an exhibition sponsored by that city's Argentine consul. All of the artists -- Ines Bancalari, Nicolas...
Watt a Dam!
Shaking hands on an international bridge unmarked by boundaries, the presidents of Paraguay and Brazil inaugurated Itaipu--the world's largest hydroelectric project--this past May, 18 years after the two countries began constructing the dam in 1973....
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