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Harbinger of Modernity: Marcos Aguinis and the by Dalia Wassner

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By Dalia Wassner

In Harbinger of Modernity: Marcos Aguinis and the Democratization of Argentina, Dalia Wassner provides an built-in research of the civic paintings and literary oeuvre of Marcos Aguinis, who served as Secretary of tradition in the course of Argentina s transition from dictatorship to democracy. Situating his writings of their historic and highbrow context, Wassner explores Aguinis s engagement with the dialectic of modernization as a Jewish public highbrow both devoted to fostering Argentine democracy and to inscribing himself within the annals of westernization. Encompassing highbrow heritage, literary feedback, Latin American heritage, and Jewish reviews, Wassner s paintings illuminates the intersecting roles of Jews and public intellectuals in bringing democracy to post-dictatorship Argentina."

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Thus, we see in Córdoba the roots of Latin America ceasing to be parochial (on Shils’s terms) precisely by embracing the local. Aguinis, born to Jewish immigrant parents in Córdoba, Argentina on January 13, 1935,155 dedicates his life to advocating for an Argentine nation of diversity, democracy, critical thought, and accountability, a nation that has global traditions to draw on as well as to overcome if it is to emerge as a true democracy that can serve as an example to others around the world.

Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1964). , 5. 102 Among the intellectuals cited here, Martínez Estrada was the only one who was born in the countryside and did not move to the city. , 2001), 23. R. Polt, The Writings of Eduardo Mallea (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1959), 1. 105 Mallea was also to become one of the editors of this prestigious magazine. 106 Eduardo Mallea, Historia de una pasión argentina (Buenos Aires: Sur, 1937), 15. 107 It is to these pampa men that Mallea dedicated La bahía del silencio.

In other words, the public intellectual was still the one who would issue the invitation and even provide a handbook, but his relationship to the people became, for the first time, a dialectical one. 124 In a stroke of poetic justice, Pedro Viñas’s grandson was to dedicate his own life to countering the violence within Argentine society that was directed toward unwanted elements perceived to stand in the way of Argentina’s ideal modernity. 126 Viñas’s 120 For an excellent summary of David Viñas’s life and contributions as an Argentine writer, see Darrell Lockhart’s Jewish Writers of Latin America: A Dictionary (New York: Garland Publishing, 1997), 565.

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