La campaña / The Campaign

9786073190787

La campaña / The Campaign

  • ISBN 13:

    9786073190787

  • ISBN 10:

    6073190786

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 09/21/2021
  • Publisher: Alfaguara

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Summary

«No creas que al principio fuimos felices. Tampoco se te ocurra que al final lo seremos.»

Baltasar Bustos, un estudiante de derecho y empleado de la Audiencia de Buenos Aires, se introduce en la recámara del presidente de esa Audiencia y reemplaza a su hijo recién nacido por un niño negro, hijo de una prostituta enferma y azotada públicamente. Horas más tarde, el edificio se incendia y deja irreconocible el cadáver del niño negro. El hijo legítimo es entregado a esclavas.

Es la época en la que una juventud ilustrada por las lecturas de Voltaire, Rousseau y Diderot, e impulsada por el espíritu irrefrenable del romanticismo, se lanza a la lucha por la independencia. Tres amigos, que se alternan la narración, describen los preparativos de esa lucha y de sus batallas, las ideas que las alimentan y los tropiezos que sufren para lograr sus conquistas (sociales, sexuales, políticas).

La campaña, única novela integrante de la serie El tiempo romántico, nos permite ver las semejanzas y diferencias entre las luchas independentistas en diversos países latinoamericanos y las dudas de los caudillos (algunos, personajes reales de esas luchas; otros ficticios, pero igualmente poderosos), a través de la prosa siempre vital de Carlos Fuentes.

ENGLISH DESCRIPTION

Carlos Fuentes

«Don't think that we were happy in the beginning. Don't even dream that we’ll be happy in the end.»

Baltasar Bustos, a law student and employee of the Audiencia of Buenos Aires, enters the chamber of the president of that Court and replaces his newborn son with a black baby, the son of a sick and publicly whipped prostitute. Hours later, the building catches fire, leaving the black boy's body unrecognizable. The legitimate son is given to slaves.

It’s the time when the youth, enlightened by the readings of Voltaire, Rousseau and Diderot, and driven by the irrepressible spirit of romanticism, launched into the struggle for independence. Three friends, who alternate the narration, describe the preparations for that fight and its battles, the ideas that feed them and the obstacles they suffer to attain their conquests (social, sexual, political).

The Campaign, the only novel belonging to the series The Romantic Time, allows us to see the similarities and differences between the struggles for independence in various Latin American countries and the doubts of the leaders (some, real-life characters in those struggles; others fictitious, but equally as powerful), through the always vital prose of Carlos Fuentes.

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