José Carlos Mariátegui (1894-1930) is one of the most important Marxist intellectuals and communist militants in Latin America. He brought Marxism into a deep and enduring conversation with the concrete conditions of Latin American – specifically Andean – social life; and he developed a deeply ethical foundation for the growth of Communist politics. This volume, produced by six publishing houses in six languages, collects three of Mariátegui’s texts along with an introduction by the Brazilian Marxist intellectual Florestan Fernandes (1920-1995) and a preface by the collective from the Escuela José Carlos Mariátegui (Argentina).
We certainly do not want socialism in Latin America to be a copy or imitation. It should be a heroic creation. We have to give life to Indo-American socialism with our own reality, in our own language. Here is a mission worthy of a new generation.