Chronicle of the Guayaki Indians

ISBN-10: 0942299787
ISBN-13: 9780942299786
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Description: Pierre Clastres (1934-1979) was one of the most respected political anthropologists of our time. Chronicle of the Guayaki Indiansis an account of his first fieldwork in the early 1960s--an encounter with a small, unique, and now vanished Paraguayan  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 12/8/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Pierre Clastres (1934-1979) was one of the most respected political anthropologists of our time. Chronicle of the Guayaki Indiansis an account of his first fieldwork in the early 1960s--an encounter with a small, unique, and now vanished Paraguayan tribe. From "Birth" to "The End," Clastres follows the Guayakis in their everyday lives, determined to record every detail of their history, ritual, myths, and culture in order to answer the many questions prompted by his personal experiences. Now available for the first time in English in a beautiful translation by the novelist Paul Auster, Chronicle of the Guayaki Indianswill alter radically not only the Western academic conventions in which other cultures are thought but also the discipline of political anthropology itself.

Pierre Clastres (1934-1977) was a French anthropologist and ethnologist who in the wake of the events of May '68, helped overturn anthropological orthodoxy in the 1970s. His books include Society Against the State (1974) and Chronicle of the Guayaki Indians (1972). Eduardo Viveiros de Castro is a Brazilian anthropologist and a professor at the National Museum of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Paul Auster was born on February 3, 1947, in Newark, New Jersey. He received a B.A. and a M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. In addition to his career as a writer, Auster has been a census taker, tutor, merchant seaman, little-league baseball coach, and a telephone operator. He started his writing career as a translator. He soon gained popularity for the detective novels that make up his New York Trilogy. His other works include The Invention of Solitude; Leviathan; Moon Palace; Facing the Music; In the Country of Last Things; The Music of Chance; Mr. Vertigo; and The Brooklyn Follies. His latest novels are entitled, Invisible and Sunset Park. In addition to his novels, Auster has written screenplays and directed several films. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a French Prix Medicis for Foreign Literature.

Translator's Note
Birth
Two Peace Treaties
Looking Backward
The Grown-ups
Women, Honey, and War
Killing
The Life and Death of a Homosexual
Cannibals
The End

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