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Pax (Peace) (Classic Reprint)

Excerpt from Pax (Peace) The name of the much-wracked republic of Colombia is indissolubly linked with that of the most popular novel that has thus far come out of Spanish America, - the tender, idyllic romance entitled Maria, by Jorge Isaacs (1837-1875). The nationalistic strain in Isaacs was carried forward by later novelists, few of whom have been found worthy of serious consideration by lovers of belles lettres. Among these the outstanding exception is Lorenzo Marroquin (died 1918), whose Pax created a furore at the time of its appearance. For this there were, of course, non-literary reasons. The caustic satire of the book, its spirited caricatures of loathsome national types, imparted to ft all the political zest of an old roman a clef, and more than one public figure believed that he had been held up to scorn in the pages of this colorful, moving novel of love, intrigue, religion, politics and revolution. Yet this is but a superficial aspect of the book, which as a whole should possess for us Americans of the North the attraction exercised by a work that is written in hot sincerity, portraying the evils that consume an author's beloved country! This, perhaps, is the prime impulse in Pax; it was born of a high religious faith in the service of an ardent patriotism. The author is thoroughly imbued with his milieu; he knows the people and their customs, the landscape and its secrets, the vanishing nobility and their foundering ideals. If he has not caught the ideals of the rising lower classes, that is because his novel is, in a sense, the defiant swan-song of a departing era. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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