My Cocaine Museum

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9780226790091: My Cocaine Museum

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"What's an anthropologist to do in a country where life is magic? This question shapes Columbia professor Michael Taussig's "My Cocaine Museum." Taussig has spent much of the last three decades in Colombia, where he has been everywhere and, it seems, met everyone, from the descendants of African slaves who pan for gold on the coast to the ministers in Bogota, digging in their cabinets for missing files. "My Cocaine Museum" is a report from the field, but it is hardly traditional fieldwork. Taussig begins with a description of the Gold Museum in Bogota, a collection of golden artifacts plundered from the inhabitants of pre-Columbian Colombia. What follows is a kind of anti-museum, made of meditations on the uncollectible phenomena he has encountered on the country's remote Pacific coast: rain, stone, lightning, boredom, moonshine. "My Cocaine Museum" tells the story that the Gold Museum hides, about the difficulty of life in the place gold (and now cocaine) comes from, a swamp where it rains three feet a month and the heat never goes away. This story remained untold, Taussig suggests, because gold and cocaine have tricked human beings into putting it out of their minds. . . . Gold and cocaine lead people to forget time and place, cause and effect, maybe even to make basic geographical mistakes. You might think that a dose of the good old cause and effect would be the best antidote to this befuddlement, but Taussig disagrees. He constructs his Museum in accordance with the spellbound logic of gold and coke; each chapter mixes natural and human history, fiction and reportage, with the manic associativeness of, well, a coke fiend. . . . "My Cocaine Museum" is intended as a counter-enchantment, to free the reader, if not all Colombia, from the magic of two commodities that have had a profound and malign effect on the nation's history. It's an ambitious task, but Taussig invokes some powerful spirits to help him, notably Walter Benjamin, who believed (or maybe believed: Benjamin is tricky) that words have a magical connection to the world, even if this connection is also historically and politically determined, i.e., not magic at all (tricky, tricky). . . . "My Cocaine Museum." . . . is a daring immersion in a Colombian mode of thought." --Paul LaFarge"Voice Literary Supplement" (05/19/2004)

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In this book, a make-believe cocaine museum becomes a disturbing vantage point from which to assess the lives of Afro-Colombian gold miners drawn into the dangerous world of cocaine production in the rain forest of Colombia's Pacific Coast. Although modeled on the famous Gold Museum in Colombia's central bank, the Banco de la Republica, Taussig's "museum" is also a parody aimed at the museum's lack of acknowledgment of the African slaves who mined the country's wealth for almost four hundred years. In a work combining natural history with political history, Taussig exploits the show-and-tell modality of a museum to engage with the inner life - both material and spiritual - of "artifacts" such as heat, rain, stone, and swamp. As much a contribution to literature as to the study of literature, My Cocaine Museum strives to combine a history of things with a history of people. This effort to find a poetry of words becoming things is brought to a head by the explosive qualities of those supreme fetishes of evil beauty: gold and cocaine. At its core, Taussig's "museum" is about the lure of forbidden things, matter out of place.

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Michael T. Taussig
Editorial: The University of Chicago Press, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 0226790096 ISBN 13: 9780226790091
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Descripción The University of Chicago Press, United States, 2004. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. 2nd. 224 x 152 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. In this book, a make-believe cocaine museum becomes a disturbing vantage point from which to assess the lives of Afro-Colombian gold miners drawn into the dangerous world of cocaine production in the rain forest of Colombia s Pacific Coast. Although modeled on the famous Gold Museum in Colombia s central bank, the Banco de la Republica, Taussig s museum is also a parody aimed at the museum s lack of acknowledgment of the African slaves who mined the country s wealth for almost four hundred years. In a work combining natural history with political history, Taussig exploits the show-and-tell modality of a museum to engage with the inner life - both material and spiritual - of artifacts such as heat, rain, stone, and swamp. As much a contribution to literature as to the study of literature, My Cocaine Museum strives to combine a history of things with a history of people. This effort to find a poetry of words becoming things is brought to a head by the explosive qualities of those supreme fetishes of evil beauty: gold and cocaine. At its core, Taussig s museum is about the lure of forbidden things, matter out of place. Nº de ref. de la librería AAU9780226790091

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Descripción The University of Chicago Press, United States, 2004. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. 2nd. 224 x 152 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. In this book, a make-believe cocaine museum becomes a disturbing vantage point from which to assess the lives of Afro-Colombian gold miners drawn into the dangerous world of cocaine production in the rain forest of Colombia s Pacific Coast. Although modeled on the famous Gold Museum in Colombia s central bank, the Banco de la Republica, Taussig s museum is also a parody aimed at the museum s lack of acknowledgment of the African slaves who mined the country s wealth for almost four hundred years. In a work combining natural history with political history, Taussig exploits the show-and-tell modality of a museum to engage with the inner life - both material and spiritual - of artifacts such as heat, rain, stone, and swamp. As much a contribution to literature as to the study of literature, My Cocaine Museum strives to combine a history of things with a history of people. This effort to find a poetry of words becoming things is brought to a head by the explosive qualities of those supreme fetishes of evil beauty: gold and cocaine. At its core, Taussig s museum is about the lure of forbidden things, matter out of place. Nº de ref. de la librería AAU9780226790091

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Descripción The University of Chicago Press, 2004. Estado de conservación: New. Michael Taussig uses a make-believe Cocaine Museum, which is a parody of the Gold Museum in Colombia's central bank, to illuminate the largely unacknowledged history of Indian and African Colombian miners, now being drawn into cocaine production in the rain forest of Colombia's Pacific coast. Num Pages: 336 pages, Illustrations, maps. BIC Classification: 1KLS; JHM. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 230 x 155 x 31. Weight in Grams: 592. . 2004. 1st Edition. Paperback. . . . . . Nº de ref. de la librería V9780226790091

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Descripción The University of Chicago Press. Estado de conservación: New. Michael Taussig uses a make-believe Cocaine Museum, which is a parody of the Gold Museum in Colombia's central bank, to illuminate the largely unacknowledged history of Indian and African Colombian miners, now being drawn into cocaine production in the rain forest of Colombia's Pacific coast. Num Pages: 336 pages, Illustrations, maps. BIC Classification: 1KLS; JHM. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 230 x 155 x 31. Weight in Grams: 592. . 2004. 1st Edition. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Nº de ref. de la librería V9780226790091

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