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Arguably the most widely read work of Chilean Literature, Martin Rivas (1862) by Alberto Blest Gana (1830-1920) is at once a passionate love story and a keenly observed portrait of the manners and customs of nineteenth-century Chile.
Martin Rivas, an impoverished but ambitious young man from the northern mining region of Chile, is entrusted by his late father to the household of a wealthy and influential member of the Santiago elite. While living there, he falls in love with his guardian's daughter. A poor provincial, Martin perceives his situation to be hopeless, so he immediately sets about improving his financial and social station. Along the way, he bears witness to the wide range of social and moral strata within Chilean society. Filled with unerring social portraits, animated dialogue, and sharply drawn characters, Martin Rivas is an engagingly spontaneous and a charmingly romantic novel that illustrates the enriching influences that romanticism had on nineteenth-century Chilean literature. This distinguished edition includes an introduction by Jaime Concha, situating the novel in historical context and providing both important biographical information on the author and a subtle literary analysis of the text. Rivas (1862) by Alberto Blest Gana (1830-1920) is at once a passionate love story and an optimistic representation of Chilean nationhood. Written shortly after a decade of civil conflict, it is an indispensable source for understanding politics and society in nineteenth-century Chile.
The hero of the story is Martin Rivas, an impoverished but ambitious youngster from the northern mining region of Chile, who is entrusted by his late father to the household of a wealthy and influential member of the Santiago elite. While living there, he falls in love with his guardian's daughter. The tale of their tortuous but ultimately successful love affair represents the author's desire for reconciliation between Chile's antagonistic regional and class interests. Indeed, many critics have interpreted Martin Rivas as a blueprint for national unity that emphasizes consensus over conflict.
In addition to providing commentary about the mores of Chilean society, Blest Gana documents the enormous gap that existed between the rich and poor classes. An invaluable text for its portrayal of contemporary social, political, and class conditions, Martin Rivas illustrates the enriching influence that romanticism had on nineteenth-century Chilean literature.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 1" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Jul 12, 2006
ISBN 9871136544 ISBN13 9789871136544
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More About Alberto Blest Gana
Alberto Blest Gana (1830, Santiago-1920, Par s). Chile. Hijo del irland s William Blest y de la chilena Mar a de la Luz Gana L pez. Hizo sus estudios en la Academia Militar y los perfeccion en Francia. De tendencia liberal, fue nombrado intendente de la provincia de Colchagua y a partir de 1866 fue representante diplom tico de Chile en Washington, Londres y Par s. Entre sus logros destaca la incorporaci n de Chile a la Uni n Postal y la compra de armamento para las tropas chilenas durante la Guerra del Pac fico. Tambi n particip en la negociaci n de la frontera con Argentina. Su obra literaria est marcada por los ideales est ticos y tem ticos del realismo europeo. Destacan entre sus novelas Mart n Rivas, El ideal de un Calavera (1863), Durante la Reconquista (1879);Los trasplantados (1906) y El loco estero (1909). Su obra demuestra enorme habilidad para retratar personajes y describir costumbres. Escribi tambi n una comedia: El jefe de familia (1858).
Alberto Blest Gana was born in 1830 and died in 1920.
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A must for a romantic mind Jan 14, 2003
This is the book about romanticism, deep class separation, politics and honesty in the Chile of 1850, The hero shows all the points of his flawless character in the context of a full ethics approach to relationships, It will make an spectacular gift for teens and persons of teen heart because it included a passionate love story with optimistic message for all.
Additionally the political events that form part of the novel are real, and will provide a deep knowledge of political forces in a just-born Country.
I read it when I was teen, I reread for my fifty birthday, always with watery of eyes.....
Martín Rivas Sep 25, 2000
La literatura chilena es excelente, recuerdo este libro con nostalgia ... volveria a leerlo si lo tuviera en mis manos y tuviese tiempo! Os lo recomiendo desde la primera página os cautivará.