In this volume, the fourth in his chronicle, La guerra silenciosa, Manuel Scorza describes the increasingly militant stance taken by the dispossessed Indian peasants of Peru in their struggle to regain their ancestral lands. Agapito Robles carries out the mission entrusted to him at the end of the preceding vel, The Sleepless Rider; namely, to encourage his fellow Indians to intensify their fight. Under his leadership, the Indians finally succeed in bringing down their archenemy, Judge Francisco Montenegro. Montenegro's defeat awakens the Indians to reality and initiates a process of demythification that is the focus of the chronicle's fifth and final volume, Requiem for a Lightning Bolt.
The Translator: Anna-Marie Aldaz received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon and at present she is Associate Professor of Spanish at Northern Arizona University in Yuma. Her academic honors include membership in Phi Beta Kappa and an award for outstanding teaching. Besides coauthoring Poems, a book-length translation of Rosalia de Castro's poetry, she has published a monograph on Manuel Scorza, The Past of the Future: The Novelistic Cycle of Manuel Scorza (Peter Lang, 1990) and a translation of two of his novels, Garabombo, the Invisible (Peter Lang, 1994) and The Sleepless Rider (Peter Lang, 1996).
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