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The Vortex: A Novel
by José Eustasio Rivera
translated by John Charles Chasteen
Duke University Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-0-8223-7176-2 | Paper: 978-0-8223-7110-6 | Cloth: 978-0-8223-7085-7
Library of Congress Classification PQ8179.R54V713 2018

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Published in 1924 and widely acknowledged as a major work of twentieth-century Latin American literature, José Eustasio Rivera's The Vortex follows the harrowing adventures of the young poet Arturo Cova and his lover Alicia as they flee Bogotá and head into the wild and woolly backcountry of Colombia. After being separated from Alicia, Arturo leaves the high plains for the jungle, where he witnesses firsthand the horrid conditions of those forced or tricked into tapping rubber trees. A story populated by con men, rubber barons, and the unrelenting landscape, The Vortex is both a denunciation of the sensational human-rights abuses that took place during the Amazonian rubber boom and one of the most famous renderings of the natural environment in Latin American literary history.

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