The Sleepless Rider’s great dream

Keywords: History, indigenous uprisings, memory, territoriality, insomnia

Abstract

Raymundo Herrera is the protagonist of the third novel of Manuel Scorza’s five-novel series about indigenous uprising. His insomnia and efforts to keep the cause alive make Herrera a disconcerting figure. Through his participation in the community’s history, from the 18th century onward, he symbolizes memory. His insomnia means he is able to observe the abuse suffered uninterruptedly, and he is moved to impel the community into recovering its land. He is not alone in his quest; other leaders, excluded from official history, ride with him in his attempt to return to the community their land, together with their time and history, which are written into the landscape. The theft of their land also threatens their collective memory and place in history. The Sleepless Rider’s mission evokes the concepts of territoriality and personal history so essential to any understanding of indigenous communities’ development.

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Author Biography

Adriana Churampi Ramírez, Leiden Universiteit. Leiden, Netherlands

Adriana Churampi Ramírez es peruana, doctorada en la Universidad de Leiden (Holanda), donde se desempeña actualmente como docente titular de Literatura Latinoamericana. Su línea de investigación abarca el análisis de las estrategias de definición identitaria y la construcción de «lo indígena» en la narrativa de la zona andina peruana, así como la evolución del colectivo andino a zonas urbanas y su impacto en la cultura popular. Es autora de Heraldos del Pachakuti. La pentalogía de Manuel Scorza (2014). Ha publicado además numerosos artículos en revistas literarias, de divulgación popular y capítulos en libros académicos. Ha brindado conferencias a nivel internacional y ha dictado clases en universidades de Bélgica, Holanda, Italia, Perú y Estados Unidos.

Published
2019-07-23
Section
Artículos