In this book Leopoldo M. Bernucci revisits the novel La vorágine (The Vortex), written by José Eustacio Rivera and published in 1924. He examines both its socio-political importance and critical reception. Bernucci explains how the Colombian novelist deployed his literary skill to bravely denounce the torture and murder of thousands of indigenous, mestizo, and white rubber tappers at the hands of Amazonian rubber barons. He discusses Rivera’s contacts with Brazilian writers, and especially with Euclides da Cunha. This represents a new dimension of the rich scholarly record on Rivera. Bernucci contends that it is only by examining the intertwining of the artistic and the socio-political in La vorágine that we can appreciate it as one of 20th century Latin America’s most important and richest novels.