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Sandino's Nation

Ernesto Cardenal and Sergio Ramírez Writing Nicaragua, 1940-2012

by Stephen Henighan

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caribbean & latin american, central america
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Ernesto Cardenal and Sergio Ramírez are two of the most influential Latin American intellectuals of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Addressing Nicaragua's struggle for self-definition from divergent ethnic, religious, generational, political, and class backgrounds, they constructed distinct yet compatible visions of national history, anchored in a reappraisal of the early twentieth-century insurgent leader Augusto César Sandino. During the Sandinista Revolution of 1979-90, Cardenal, appointed Nicaragua's minister of culture, became one of the most provocative and internationally recognized figures of liberation theology, while Ramírez, a member of the revolutionary junta, and later elected vice-president of Nicaragua, emerged as an authoritative figure for third world nationalism. But before all else, the two were groundbreaking creative writers. Through a close reading of the works by Nicaragua's best-known and most prolific modern authors, Sandino's Nation studies the construction of Nicaraguan national identity during three distinct periods of the country's recent history - before, during, and after the 1979-90 revolution. Stephen Henighan offers rigorous textual analyses of poems, memoirs, essays, and novels, interwoven with a sharply narrated history of Nicaragua. The only comprehensive study of the careers of Cardenal and Ramírez, Sandino's Nation is essential to understanding transformations to both Nicaragua and the role of the writer in Latin America.

About the Author

Stephen Henighan is the author of four books of fiction, including The Places Where Names Vanish and North of Tourism. His short fiction has been published in journals and anthologies in Canada, Great Britain, Europe, and the United States. Recently he published the controversial When Words Deny the World: The Reshaping of Canadian Writing. Henighan teaches Spanish-American literature and culture at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

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Stephen Henighan, professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Guelph, was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for non-fiction in 2002.

Editorial Reviews

?Comprehensive, ambitious, provocative, and compelling, Sandino's Nation is a monumental work that is certain to become a model for accomplished, lucid scholarship on Latin American literature.” Steven F. White, Department of Modern Languages, St. Lawrence University and author of Arando el aire: la ecología en la poesía y la música de Nicaragua


"Sandino's Nation is passionate and articulate, an intellectual tour-de-force as well as a page turner." - Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas


” — interweaves meticulous textual analysis of selected works by Nicaragruan poet-priest Ernesto Cardinal and novelist-politician Sergio Ramirez with detailed political analysis of Nicaraguan history. Recommended.” CHOICE


"In this excellent book, Stephen Henighan presents a masterful academic analysis of Cardenal and Ramirez in a clear and engaging fashion. Sandino's Nation conveys the personal life stories of these two famous authors, and demonstrates how their literary t

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