(El amigo de Baudelaire)
This is both a historical and an intimate novel that is written in a short and direct style, stimulating an uninterrupted reading. Andrés Rivera’s book presents itself as a fresco of contradictions and ambiguities of an epic time that laid the foundations of the contemporary Argentine society.
Brutal and incisive as only Rivera knows how to do it, Baudelaire’s Friend portrays the reality of Argentina before the creation of the Nation-State from the cynical point of view of one of the members of the recently established agrarian bourgeoisie. This narration is combined with a brilliant recollection of the intricacies of a perverted love.
Political impunity and ostentation emerge as two major historical characters take part in the plot: Baudelaire, the cursed intellectual who scandalized Paris, and Sarmiento, the vigorous and contradictory intellectual who criticized but upheld the dominant class interests.
“Baudelaire, amigo de Rivera”, by Prof. Iván Jiménez
Excerpt at La Nación newspaper