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Facundo: Or, Civilization and Barbarism (Penguin Classics)

Facundo: Or, Civilization and Barbarism (Penguin Classics)
Author: Domingo F. Sarmiento
ISBN 13: 9780140436778
ISBN 10: 140436774
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1998-10-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $17.00

Written in political exile by one of Argentina's greatest statesmen and intellectuals and long known to English-speaking readers as Life in the Argentine Republic in the Days of the Tyrants, Facundo (1845) is ostensibly a biography of the gaucho "barbarian" Juan Facundo Quiroga. Combining history, sociology, and political commentary, Sarmiento explores the impact of Argentine geography on the life of the gaucho; chronicles the often bloody political and military adventures of Facundo; examines the reign of the tyrannical ruler Juan Manuel de Rosas; and ponders the future of Argentina. This edition includes an informative introduction and a chronology of Sarmiento's life and times. It also restores the original author's note that was dropped for the 1868 English-language edition - and that is crucial to our understanding of Sarmiento and his views.