First Diary

in The City at Its Limits

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780226280974
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226280998 | DOI:
First Diary

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In this diary, the author reflects on the developments in Lima under the administration of Mayor Alberto Andrade. Waves of assaults, robberies, kidnappings, and rapes are once again sweeping through the city. An older woman, one of the street sweepers who staged demonstrations against the government, partially undresses to express her protest. The connection between nakedness and death, whether it is murder or suicide, is explicitly made by Georges Bataille. Bataille's most thorough examination of the relation between nakedness and death takes place in the context of what he calls eroticism. In Lima, Andrade's urban renewal campaign is quickly fizzling, mainly because President Alberto Fujimori has made it a priority to destroy him as a viable future presidential candidate.

Keywords: Alberto Fujimori; Alberto Andrade; Lima; street sweepers; demonstrations; nakedness; Georges Bataille; eroticism; death; urban renewal

Chapter.  19003 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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