Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 5, September-October

A Ripe Age for Chilean Wine
FOR CENTURIES, POETS and painters have watched and recorded the sea from the hills overlooking the Chilean port of valparaiso. Today this romantic city is bursting with the pressures of growth. Containers of copper goods, fresh fruit, timber and...
Beyond the Metaphors of Life
MARTA MERCADER AND OLGA OROZCO, each in her own way, are members of what might be called the "Argentine Feminist Literature League," although neither writer can be labeled stereotypically. In their personal literary language, both criticize or reject...
English Detective Story
It was summer. Lord Asquith was reading a detective story in the garden of his Devonshire mansion. The luminous atmosphere, the drone of the locusts, and that extra glass of claret at lunch made him sleepy, but Lord Asquith continued to read. When...
Gilded Gifts for the Gods
The small golden figures bear a roughly human form, their features sketched with tiny filaments and dots of metal. One may wear a broad headdress, another may carry a cup, still another may bear a complicated necklace. Each one is unique, yet few...
Goodbye to Manuel Puig: Unfinished Business
A letter from Manuel Puig lies on my desk, unanswered. I meant to write to him, of course. It was just one of those things I didn't quite get around to doing. All I needed was a day or two more, but before I found time, Argentine author Manuel Puig...
High Voltage Venezuelan Harp
It was just another casual outing for an eight year old boy and his father, but for Caracas native Carlos Guedes, it may have been the most important trip of his life. At a bustling street corner in the Venezuelan capital, the youngster stopped to...
Masters of Management
John Kennedy helped to conceive it. Jimmy Carter, in a recent visit to Nicaragua, spent time there. U.S. President George Bush knows of its major contribution to the region. In 1988 its Costa Rica campus was the site of a "summit" meeting of the...
Mother Nature's Remedies
As the average suburbanite with a backyard garden well knows, nature has a remarkable ability to replenish itself. But now it is official: research carried out by a Costa Rican scientist shows that a completely deforested area will be restored by...
Naive Art Takes on the World
Brazil's naive, or primitive, art has been described by one writer as "too folksy to please the academic art crowd and too unassuming to satisfy the avant garde ..." As a result, the writer said, "it doesn't get much respect." Respect or not, it...
Paz Attains Nobel Stature
"Sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity" were the words used by the Swedish Academy of Letters October 11 in awarding the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature to Octavio Paz, Mexico's prolific essayist, philosopher, translator and man of letters...
Portugal in the Opening of the World
On September 25, 1990, an extraordinary exhibition on the Portuguese era of discovery was inaugurated at the OAS Museum of Modern Art of Latin American in Washington, D.C. Present for the occasion were the Prime Minister of Portugal, Professor Anibal...
Preserving a Paraguayan Paradise
Deforestation, the advance of mechanized farming and lumbering are threatening the lairs of the jaguar, the tapir, the peccary and the giant armadillo in the humid semi-tropical forests of Paraguay. These forests are also home to more than 19 natural...
Rio Recovers the Mantle of Christ
THE GIANT STATUE of Christ the Redeemer that dominates the skyline 2330 feet above Rio de Janeiro recently emerged from six months of shrouding in scaffolding during which time its reinforced concrete robe was entirely restored. Noted for the infinite...
Ruby Aranguiz Valencia: A World of Joy and Light
Even before we open Isabel Allende's Cuentos de Eva Luna, we are intrigued by the book. The alluring young woman on the cover catches our eye and holds our attention. Reclining sensuously and bathed in light, she is, like so many of Allende's characters,...
Shaping the '90S
THE FASHION HISTORIAn Georgina O'Hara states her passionate belief that people should take fashion more seriously than they do. For her, the study of fashion can be at once, "a history lesson, a geography lesson, an economics lesson and mathematics...
The Elusive Reign of Orelie Antoine
ON JANUARY 10, 1862, in the town of Los Angeles in the Republic of Chile, after having sworn to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, the prisoner in the dock declared that his name was Prince Orelie-Antoine de Tounens; that he...
The Hemisphere Projects a New Image
The fourth annaul Americas Film Festival reflects a pivotal time in the history of Latin America. While the themes of repression and intolerance persist, contemporary directors face new challenges prompted by the increasing freedom in countries previously...
Treasured Chests of History
IT IS FITTING, as we mark the 450th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Jesus, to celebrate a little known but inspired manifestation of that order, namely the barguenos associated with the missions of southeastern Bolivia. Barguenos (also...
Unmasking Junkanoo
RIO DE JANEIRO may have its Carnival, and New Orleans its Mardi Gras, but in the Bahamas, there is Junkanoo, a pulsating festival that erupts on two days each year--Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year's Day. Tradition has decreed that the festival...
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