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Bello and Bolivar Antonio Cussen

Bello and Bolivar

Antonio Cussen

Published May 7th 1992
ISBN : 9780521412483
Hardcover
224 pages
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In June 1810, the Venezuelans, fearful of French aggression, sent a diplomatic mission to London in search of an ally. The mission was headed by Simon Bolivar- the secretary was Andres Bello. Bello remained in London through the Spanish AmericanMoreIn June 1810, the Venezuelans, fearful of French aggression, sent a diplomatic mission to London in search of an ally. The mission was headed by Simon Bolivar- the secretary was Andres Bello. Bello remained in London through the Spanish American Revolution and became one of the most accomplished members of the Spanish-speaking intelligentsia. In this book, Antonio Cussen reconstructs Andres Bellos account of the Revolution. The official history of the Revolution, the heroic history of Bolivar, is replaced by the account of a poet, who was first Bolivars teacher, and later his critic. Through a detailed study of the manuscripts of Bellos unfinished poem America the author argues that Bello recorded the disintegration of the Augustan model of power and culture and intimated the inevitable approach of liberalism with a certain longing for the classical culture of his youth.