Books: Eternity Is Procreation

NIÑA HUANCA

by FAUSTINO GONZALEZ-ALLER Translated by MARGARET SAVERS PEDEN 243 pages. Viking. $10.

There is a standing joke among journalists that the world will do anything for Latin America except read about it. The general curiosity seems to end with fourth-grade geography and the fact that Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable body of water on earth. Yet this vast land mass, drooping from North America like some ripe, unplucked fruit, has produced some of this century's major poets and novelists: Peru's Cesar Vallejo, Chile's Pablo Neruda, Argentina's Jorge Luis Borges and...

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