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- DescriptionAs the Left reawakens in Latin America following widespread disillusionment with neoliberal efforts to apply shock therapy to local ecomies, this story of the exemplary life of a major Peruvian activist and literary figure of an earlier era is particularly timely. Magda Portal (1900 1989) played a historic role in the American Popular Revolutionary Alliance (APRA), which began as a Marxist-inspired but n-Communist radical movement with cells based in both Europe and Latin America in the 1920s before it became a full-fledged political party in Peru in 1931. Often in exile abroad, in prison, or in hiding in Peru to escape arrest, Portal was the leading female organizer for the Apristas until her break with the increasingly Right-leaning party after World War II. As APRA s national secretary for women s affairs, Portal worked tirelessly for women s rights within the framework of a broader fight for social justice. A close colleague of revolutionary leaders Jose Carlos Mariategui and Victor Raul Haya de la Torre, she sided with the latter in the schism that erupted between the two in 1928, but ended up deuncing Haya de la Torre in 1950, accusing him of compromised relationships with the powers of neocolonial capitalism. Already an acclaimed poet by the age of twenty-three, Portal struggled throughout her life to balance her artistic with her political ambitions, at times abandoning her literary pursuits. This conflict is itself a fascinating part of this biography of a woman w regarded as one of the pioneer feminists of Latin America. A substantial selection of Portal s poetry is offered, with accompanying translations.
- Author BiographyKathleen Weaver has translated four books from Spanish, including Omar Cabezas s Fire from the Mountain, with an introduction by Carlos Fuentes (1985), and Julio Cortazar s Nicaraguan Sketches, with her own introduction (1989). She also co-edited The Other Voice: Twentieth-Century Women s Poetry in Translation (1976) and ThePenguin Book of Women Poets (1978).
- Author(s)Kathleen Weaver
- PublisherPennsylvania State University Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2009
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPennsylvania State University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight480 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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