Book Reviews

The ReVista book review section features reviews of recent books about Latin America, the Caribbean and the Latinx community in all disciplines.

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El misterio de las causalidades

El misterio de las causalidades

A Review of El misterio de las causalidades: RelatosAre the coincidences in our lives just random or could they have hidden causes and deeper meanings? Argentine author Maud Daverio Cox grapples with this enigma in her latest book, El misterio de las causalidades:...

For Christ and Country

For Christ and Country

A Review of For Christ and Country, Militant Catholic Youth in Post- Revolutionary Mexico​In the opening scene of Robert Weis’s superb For Christ and Country, Militant Catholic Youth in Post-Revolutionary Mexico,a young man named José de León Toral treks up a hill in...

Wait for Me

Wait for Me

A Review of Wait for Me, True Stories of War, Love and Rock & Roll   Revisiting Central America’s QuagmireForty years ago, when traveling to visit family and friends in Europe from conflict zones of Central America, I was often asked: “So, how are things...

Indigenous Peoples, Active Agents

Indigenous Peoples, Active Agents

A Review of Managing Multiculturalism: Indigeneity and the Struggle for Rights in Colombia Indigenous Peoples, Active Agents  Recently, the Amazon and its indigenous residents have become hot issues, metaphorically as well as climatically. News stories around the...

Beyond the Sociology Books

Beyond the Sociology Books

Beyond the Sociology Books A Review by Michael J. LaRosa If you are not from Colombia and hoping to understand the South American nation of 50 million souls, you might tend to focus on “Colombia the terrible”—narcotics and decades of socio-political violence.  Or you...

Form and Feeling: The Making of Concretism in Brazil

Form and Feeling: The Making of Concretism in Brazil

Form and Feeling: The Making of Concretism in BrazilIn Form and Feeling: The Making of Concretism in Brazil, curator Antonio Sergio Bessa gathers together fourteen essays that provocatively reframe canonical practices of art and poetry in 21st-century Brazil. The...

Spatial, Sonic and Sublime Remains of War

Spatial, Sonic and Sublime Remains of War

Spatial, Sonic and Sublime Remains of War​I read Javier Uriarte’s book over the course of a winter long both in metaphor and reality, during a pandemic that peaked in snowy New England in the early months of 2021. One might imagine that The Desertmakers: Travel, War,...

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