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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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Towards a Narrative Pachacutic

Towards a Narrative Pachacutic

Rosa Cuchillo

(p.107) Chapter 4 Towards a Narrative Pachacutic
Andean Truths

Anne Lambright

Liverpool University Press

This chapter studies Rosa Cuchillo (1997), by indigenous-mestizo writer, Oscar Colchado Lucio. Narrated by three indigenous characters, the novel portrays both the Shining Path’s and the state’s inability to understand indigenous Andean culture, while modeling an Andean-driven truth and reconciliation process. The novel relies almost exclusively on Andean characters who call upon autochthonous discourse, knowledge, and spirituality to create an Andean historical, political and affective archive that contrasts with that created and disseminated through other, official processes. In recounting the past and imagining the future, Rosa Cuchillo becomes a model of “intercultural communication” and “epistemological decolonization” (Quijano), and by channeling the therapeutic processing of the conflict through Andean modes of interpretation, it suggests one outcome could be a cultural, if not political, Pachacutec—an Andean revolution.

Keywords:   Óscar Colchado Lucio, Rosa Cuchillo, novel, Andean culture, Pachacutic, epistemological diversity, intercultural communication, epistemological decolonization, magical socialism

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