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AN AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST A
A PERUVIAN NOVELIST MEET OVER
Ialsodon’tknowmuchaboutmiraclesorprophecy,butIchoosetoadda
script to his narrative that relates an episode that continues to send sh
down my spine more than a decade since it occurred. It was 1985 and
attending a conference at Georgetown University in which MarioVargas
was the keynote speaker.The author’s wife, Patricia, accompanied him t
event, and the organizers quickly became concerned that no one had
tapped to keep her company. As a Georgetown faculty member and one o
few female conference participants, I was requested to provide this serv
gladlyaccepted, and Patricia and I were soon engaged in animated discus
Partofourinterchangeinvolvedmytellingherthatoneofthecharactersi
husband’snovelaboutCanudos(TheWaroftheEndoftheWorld)boreanunc
resemblancetoDonaDodô.Iwonderedoutloudwhetherhehadactuallyi
viewedherwhileconductingresearchforhisbook.Asourconversationm
into the dining room where a formal lunch had been prepared, Mrs. V
LlosainsistedthatIsitwithherandherhusbandandposemyquestiondi
to him.
Theimpromptuchangeinseatingarrangementsseemedtorestpoorly
some at the main table. Consequently, I bowed to hierarchy and protoco
keptanexceedinglylowprofilethroughoutmostofthemeal.Duringalap
the conversation, Patricia urged me to speak of Santa Brígida and Dona
with Vargas Llosa. As much of the previous conversation had been cond
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