The Fox From Up Above and the Fox From Down Below


The Fox From Up Above and the Fox From Down Below (Spanish: El zorro de arriba y el zorro de abajo) is the sixth and final novel by Peruvian writer José María Arguedas published posthumously in 1971. It is an unfinished novel, interspersed with some personal and intimate diaries where the author relates the torments overwhelming him while writing the novel, finally announcing his impending suicide. Complementing the work are two letters and an epilogue. The novel depicts the consequences of accelerated modernization of the port of Chimbote, motivated by the fishing boom; thousands of Andean immigrants arrive, attracted by the opportunity to earn a living in a thriving industrial city, while at the same time they assimilate themselves under the guise of 'modernity', all of which, from the point of the writer, brings dire consequences: loss of Andean cultural identity and its moral degeneracy, succumbing to the vices of the city in bars and brothels.
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original title: El zorro de arriba y el zorro de abajo
language: Spanish
date of publication: 1971
genre: novel
follows: Todas las Sangres

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