Alberto Flores Galindo is remembered as one of Peru’s finest political essayists. Over the course of a life cut tragically short at age 41, Flores Galindo (also called familiarly “Tito”) produced a body of work that ranges across most of the major topics of Peruvian history. Tito was an activist, first as a student who was dedicated to political activity and later as an independent intellectual with socialist convictions. His work became a kind of index of the topics that attracted the interest of the intellectual left. He wrote fluidly and gracefully and had a capacity for work that the rest of us found difficult to imagine.

In Search of an Inca was first published in Spanish in Havana in 1986 and won the essay prize awarded by the Casa de las Américas that year. The work is essentially a collection of essays,...

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