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Andean TruthsTransitional Justice, Ethnicity, and Cultural Production in Post-Shining Path Peru$
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Anne Lambright

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781781382516

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781382516.001.0001

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Sustaining Dominant Narratives

Sustaining Dominant Narratives

La hora azul, Abril rojo, and Un lugar llamado Oreja de Perro

(p.30) Chapter 1 Sustaining Dominant Narratives
Andean Truths

Anne Lambright

Liverpool University Press

Chapter One examines post-2003 novels by celebrated authors Alonso Cueto, Santiago Roncagliolo, and Ivan Thays. These texts present a lens through which to read the CVR’s Final Report, by teasing out and focusing on its central themes and revealing how a certain sector, namely upper-middle-class, limeño, male intellectuals, process the civil war and its consequences. The novels elucidate postconflict efforts to redefine concepts of sovereignty and citizenship, while reifying dominant understandings of class, race, and ethnicity within national discourse. Even as they construct stories set in the post-war period, with protagonists who must intimately struggle with the vestiges of violence, these novels further a sustained project of symbolic violence that began with the Conquest and that engendered and sustained the war itself.

Keywords:   Alonso Cueto, Santiago Roncagliolo, Ivan Thays, La hora azul, Abril rojo, Un lugar llamado Oreja de perro, post-conflict narrative, trauma in literature, vicarious trauma, memory

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