Lima: Universidad Ricardo Palma, Editorial Universitaria, 2021. First Edition. Paperback. 699p., photos, bibl., wrps. New. Item #80852
Based on a broad knowledge of the theoretical literature on the city and, specifically, the image of the city in poetry, the focus of the book is centered on the imaginary of Lima, with references to its indigenous roots and its colonial foundation, highlighting the role of Ricardo Palma in the creation of the literary image of Lima. A central point of the analysis is the modernization process of the Peruvian capital, in the first decades of the 20th century, which is manifested in an evolution of its literary representation, in which the figure of Eguren is the center of the formation of a new tradition, represented, among others, by Oquendo de Amat, Moro and Westphalen. The investigation demonstrates the imbrication of the lives and works of these poets with the socio-cultural reality of their time and with a critique of the modern city, as well as their contributions in the constitution of a new Peruvian cultural heritage. As Antonio Melis expressed, the book "overcomes any schematic dichotomy between urban and indigenous authors, highlighting the peculiar forms that the link with deep Peru assumes in each one of them."