José Carlos Mariátegui

March 1st, 2012 7:30 PM
José Carlos Mariátegui
An Anthology
Gerardo Renique

José Carlos Mariátegui is one of Latin America’s most profound but overlooked thinkers. A self-taught journalist, social scientist, and activist from Peru, he was the first to emphasize that those fighting for the revolutionary transformation of society must adapt classical Marxist theory to the particular conditions of Latin America. He also stressed that indigenous peoples must take an active, if not leading, role in any revolutionary struggle.

This volume, edited and translated by Harry E. Vanden and Marc Becker, collects Mariátegui's essential writings, including many that have never been translated and some that have never been published. Today, more progressive governments are in power in Latin America than ever before, and grassroots movements of indigenous peoples, workers, and peasants are increasingly shaping the political landscape. The time is perfect for a rediscovery of Mariátegui, who is considered an intellectual precursor of today’s struggles in Latin America but virtually unknown in the English-speaking world.


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