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'The Vortex' is a novel written in 1924 by the Colombian author Jos Eustasio Rivera. It is set in the jungles of Colombia during the Rubber boom.
This novel relates the adventures of Arturo Cova, a hot-headed proud chauvinist and his lover Alicia, as they elope from Bogot, through the flatlands and later, escaping from criminal misgivings, through the tropical jungles of Colombia.
In this way Rivera is able to describe the magic of these regions, with their rich biodiversity, and the lifestyle of the inhabitants. However, one of the main objectives of the novel is to reveal the appalling conditions under which workers in the rubber factories toil. 'La Vorgine' also introduces the reader to the tremendous hardship of enduring the overwhelming and adverse environment of the rainforest, as the protagonists (Arturo Cova and Alicia) get lost and are unable to be found. As the book says: 'Los devor la selva!' (literally, "The jungle devoured them!").
The novel is written in an elegant and refined prose, full of metaphors and prosaic poetry, that shows the beauty and exotism of the virgin rainforest.
'La Vorgine' is noteworthy as the seminal novel of Latin American modernism, the "jungle novel", and recognised as one of the best novels written in Colombia.
*Rivera, Jos Eustasio 'The Vortex'. Earle K. James, translator (1928). Panamericana Editorial Ltda (2003). ISBN 958-30-0804-4
Category:Novels set in Colombia
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