Lévi-Strauss, Claude: Tristes Tropiques
Atheneum, 1974. 425 pages / sivua. ISBN: 0-689-10572-X, Hardcover / kovakantinen, kansipaperit. K3
Translated from the French by John and Doreen Weightman
This watershed work records Claude Lévi-Strauss's search for "a human society reduced to its most basic expression." From the Amazon basin through the dense upland jungles of Brazil, Lévi-Strauss found the societies he was seeking among the Caduveo, Bororo, Nambikwara, and Tupi-Kawahib. More than merely recounting his time in their midst, Tristes Tropiques places the cultural practices of these peoples in a global context and extrapolates a fascinating theory of culture that has given the book an importance far beyond the fields of anthropology and continental philosophy.