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YUSTE FOUNDATION PRESENTS A BOOK ABOUT THE INCA GARCILASO DE LA VEGA, CONSIDERED THE FIRST IBERO-AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL MESTIZO

The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation presented the book El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, primer intelectual mestizo, which offers a complete and polyhedral perspective of Gómez Suárez de Figueroa, better known as Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, and delves into the knowledge concerning his life and work, the magnitude of which made him be considered the first Ibero-American intellectual mestizo.

The Academic Director of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, César Chaparro Gómez; the President of the Unión de Bibliófilos Extremeños (Union of Extremaduran Bibliophiles), Joaquín González Manzanares, and the bibliophile, writer, professor and essayist, Manuel Pecellín Lancharro, participated in the presentation of this monograph, which took place at the headquarters of the Unión de Bibliófilos Extremeños (Union of Extremaduran Bibliophiles) in Badajoz.

In the like manner, the Councillor for Culture of the City Council of Badajoz, Paloma Morcillo and the Director of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, Juan Carlos Moreno Piñero, attended the event.

This monograph “leaves written testimony” of the works carried out by excellent researchers and renowned specialists on the work of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega who participated in the scientific encounter that took place on November 2016 in Badajoz, which commemorated the 5th anniversary since the death of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega on April 1616 in Córdoba (Spain). This figure, who was born in Cuzco, was the son of the Extremaduran captain from Badajoz, Sebastián Garcilaso de la Vega and the Inca princess Isabel Chimpu. He is considered “America’s first biological and spiritual mestizo”; a man between two worlds who knew how to assume and consolidate his two cultural heritages: the American indigenous culture and the European one.

The participants in this publication, coordinated by César Chaparro and José Ignacio Úzquiza, are Juan Gil, member of the Spanish Royal Academy (RAE); Evangelina Soltero, from the Complutense University of Madrid; José Ignacio Úzquiza, Professor at the University of Extremadura; José Carlos González Boixo, from the University of León; Mercedes Serna, from the University of Barcelona; Marta Ortiz Canseco, from the International University of the Rioja, and Carmen de  Mora, from the University of Seville.

The Academic Director of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, César Chaparro, pointed out that this publication is “an opportunity to acquire the most rigorous knowledge of the character and his work”. He, furthermore, defended that the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation “intends to be a promoter of culture” with such publications; a culture understood as “a cultivation of great values based on the assumption of wisdom, knowledge and ideas that serve as oxygen in our lives in a process fuelled by permanent dialogue”.

El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, primer intelectual mestizo is volume 2 of the book collection “Entre dos mundos: América y Europa desde Extremadura”, included in the editorial initiative of the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation. According to César, this collection picks up the institution’s “equally European and Ibero-American” new sensitivity, as it aims to “foster synergies, looking for effectivity and mainstreaming in its actions in a global world, from an integrating perspective where no one is superfluous to consolidate the existing bonds between Extremadura, Europe and Ibero-America”.

Manuel Pecellín analysed the life and work of the Inca and revealed aspects of the different works included in this book. Among other issues, Pecellín pointed out that the Inca, as a man of the Renaissance time, knew how to bring together pen and sword, “but that man who belonged to two cultures was more wooed by Baroque melancholy than by Renaissance impulses at the time”.

The Inca Garceilaso de la Vega “was a man who was proud of his maternal ancestry, even exaggerating the Incas’ greatness and nobility, as well as of his Spanish roots”. Conscious of the Andean empire’s shortcomings, which had no scripture, “he decided to issue in writing the true story of his elders”. Pecellín stressed that the Inca was a “tenacious reader, a bibliographer -not just a bibliophile- and he impressed Cervantes himself”.