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By Juan Pablo Dabove

Bandits look ubiquitous in Latin American tradition. Even modern actors of violence are framed by means of narratives that harken again to previous photos of the agricultural bandit, both to legitimize or delegitimize violence, or to intrude in better conflicts inside or among nation-states.

            besides the fact that, the bandit escapes an easy definition, because the comparable label can practice to the chief of hundreds of thousands of infantrymen (as in terms of Villa) or to the standard highwayman eking out a meager residing by means of waylaying tourists at machete element. Dabove offers the reader now not with a definition of the bandit, yet with a sequence of case experiences exhibiting how the bandit trope was once utilized in fictional and non-fictional narratives by way of writers and political leaders, from the Mexican Revolution to the current. by means of studying situations from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela, from Pancho Villa’s autobiography to Hugo Chávez’s appropriation of his “outlaw” grandfather, Dabove unearths how bandits functionality as a logo to show the dilemmas or aspirations of cultural and political practices, together with literature as a social perform and as a moral experience.

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