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In this collection of thirteen essays Guillermoprieto offers a portrait of the state of Latin America today, discussing topics ranging from modernity and cultural fragmentation in Mexico and the end of Sandinista rule in Nicaragua, to the Shining Path in Peru, evangelicalism in Brazil, and Panama in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion. Guillermoprieto's vivid rendering of Latin America is grounded in her visceral knowledge of the fabric of everyday life, as well as in her astute understanding of the political and social framework that supports it.
"Powerful and well-written...Ms. Guillermoprieto digs far beneath the glib stereotypes wielded by outsiders to come up with a sensitive portrait of a region grappling with change."--The New York Times Book Review
"A literary gem...wonderfully written dispatches that capture the richness and intensity of Latin America's reality."--Miami Herald