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During the chilly conflict, left-wing Latin American artists, writers, and students labored as diplomats, steered rulers, hostile dictators, or even led countries. Their competing visions of social democracy and their pursuit of justice, peace, and freedom led them to enterprises subsidized via the governments of the chilly warfare powers: the Soviet-backed global Peace Council, the U.S.-supported Congress for Cultural Freedom, and, after the 1959 Cuban Revolution, the homegrown Casa de las Américas.

Neither Peace nor Freedom delves into the entwined histories of those companies and the aspirations and dilemmas of intellectuals who participated in them, from Diego Rivera and Pablo Neruda to Gabriel García Márquez and Jorge Luis Borges. Patrick Iber corrects the view that such participants have been simply pawns of the competing superpowers. hobbies for democracy and social justice sprung up between pro-Communist and anti-Communist factions, and Casa de las Américas promoted a model of progressive nationalism that used to be beholden to neither the Soviet Union nor the United States.

But eventually, intellectuals from Latin the United States couldn't separate from from the chilly War’s inflexible binaries. With the Soviet Union not easy fealty from Latin American communists, the us zealously aiding their repression, and Fidel Castro pushing for nearby armed revolution, advocates of social democracy chanced on little room to advertise their beliefs with out compromising them. chilly battle politics had provided utopian desires, yet intellectuals may possibly get neither the peace nor the liberty they sought.

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