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The Art of Memory

An Ethnographer's Journey

Stefano Varese

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: Editorial A Contracorriente
Published: 12/2020
Pages: 240
Subject: Biography and Autobiography, Social Science
Print ISBN: 9781469661681
eBook ISBN: 9781469661698


Combining personal and family recollections with incisive accounts of academic, political, and institutional experiences, The Art of Memory offers a remarkable account of the life of one of the foremost Latin American ethnographers and a leading expert in Indigenous cultures, peoples, and cosmologies. Varese narrates the story of his journey from Italy to Peru, his formative years as an Anthropologist and the critical work he did with Amazonian communities in the 1970s, his transformation into an activist scholar, his move to Mexico and his long-standing commitment with the peoples of Oaxaca, and his life as an academic in the United States. The reader will appreciate the honesty and transparency with which Varese brings out all these experiences. This extraordinary book combines the personal, the political, and the transnational to produce a vivid account of a unique and fulfilling journey.