Resumen del Libro
The chroniclers who accompanied Lope de Aguirre on his expedition to find El Dorado, accuse him of being a crazy tyrant, responsible for the rebellion to emancipate the conquerors from the Spanish crown. Aguirre was made a scapegoat, in Girardian terms, not only for that reason but due to his critique of what Angel Rama defined as the Lettered City, a rebuke voiced in the infamous letter he wrote to the Spanish king denouncing imperial institutions in the Americas. 20th century, Spanish writer Ramon J. Senders novel, La aventura equinoccial de Lope de Aguirre (1964), reverses the historical discourse in order to use Aguirres attack on the Lettered City, to criticize the intellectuals who supported Francos regime in Spain, as well as the Catholic Church. This thesiss critical reading of the source chronicles on which Sender based his novel leads to a more profound understanding of both the early modern imperial and the modern fascist violence unleashed, not only by supposed tyrants-scapegoats the likes of Aguirre, but by power itself: that of monarchies and dictators.
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