LATIN AMERICA: A Cultural History by German Arciniegas

LATIN AMERICA: A Cultural History

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Report repeated from page 868, 1966, when scheduled for earlier publication, as follows: ""An embodiment of the Creole aristocracy of his native Colombia, German Arciniegas again turns his tradition-bound vision to the cultural outcroppings that are part of the patrimony of the heirs to the mixed blessings of the Spanish American civilization. A Columbia professor, Arciniegas has spent his years close to the Colombian governmental process as columnist for Et Tiempo, Liberal party leader, Minister of Education, and Ambassador to Italy. For all of this man-in-society, his new cultural history of Latin America is more the work of a mystic than a shirt-sleeved archivist. With his phrases redolent with the scent of Gongorism, and a natural affinity for the Plateresque rather than Fidel Castro, Professor Arciniegas proceeds to compose a massive book that touches all the arts and much of everything else. The book will prove a Joy to the increasing ranks of Americans who are discovering that there is something else to Latin America than opera bouffe. The publication of a new work by German Arciniegas has to be considered an event of the highest moment in the era of Latin American studies; this work will corroborate his reputation.

Pub Date: Feb. 20th, 1967
Publisher: Knopf