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The introduction of writing as a legacy of conquest in the Andes after
the killing of the Inca Atahualpa in Cajamarca opens a new space of
contention and negotiation for the postcolonial subjects in both
Europe and America. The book analyzes, from the perspective of the
coloniality of power, the cultural and political work that colonial
subjects such as Garcilaso de la Vega, Inca and Guamán Poma are able
to perform as they deploy writing in the power struggle of imperial
cultural settings in order to establish a place in human memory for
the legacy of their ancient culture and their own postcolonial
position. This inquiry into the power of writing and the multiple
forms of memory that constitute the Andean cultural milieu is also
examined in relation to the rise of archeology in the nineteenth
century. The book also engages in broad and particular ways
postcolonial theory and its intersection with the Latin American

Sara Castro-Klarén's The Narrow Pass of Our Nerves is a triumph of
postcolonial thought. In this superb selection of essays she
brilliantly analyzes the work of a set of Latin American writers who
produced a pioneering corpus of thought about societies torn by
Iberian colonialism and US imperialism.

Fernando Coronil, CUNY

Speaking from the interface of literary studies, intellectual history,
political philosophy, and cultural theory, Castro-Klarén intervenes
in vital and complex debates with uncommon erudition and elegant
arguments that trace a wide critical arc and engage readers from
multiple locations.

Vicky Unruh, University of Kansas