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During the 1820s there was no national government in Argentina at least not one which survived for long In the year 1820 the year of anarchy the province of Buenos Aires itself had at least twenty-four governors In the rest of the country government was in the hands of the local gaucho leaders - caudillos The gauchos are a mixture of Spanish and Indian blood who roam the pampa their every want is provided by the catlle and the horses of the pampa The national character of the Argentine people was already distinctive and had pronounced that it had aquired its special quality from the gauchos themselves eg persoanl independance and personal rule In the 1920s a number of regionalist novels written in Latin America attracted international attention Don Segundo Sombra written by Ricardo Guiraldes and published in 1926 was amongst the first Latin American novels to be translated into the European languages and to be read by a public which had no first-hand knowldge of the areas which the author describes The commited write tended to think of the modernist or post-modernist as decadent too interested in aesthetic problems and not interested enough in I the problems of his society With the 1920s and the acctive engagement of many writers in the political struggle these differences were accentuated Roughness documentary truth and realism were assumed to be marks of a greater sincerity a higher regard for the sufferings of the poor Ricardo Guraldes was exceptional in his peroccupation both with style and with the expression of national values in literature Guiraldes referred to the importance of the gaucho on various occasions in essays and studies always speaking of his noble qualities his freedom and his self-sufficiencyThe first refernces to the gauchos that Guiraldes made in his work were in El cencerro de cristal Here the gaucho is a symbol of the pampas and and honest man He lists the principle qualities of the gaucho
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