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Describe La Escapia's interpretation of Marx in the Almanac of the Dead.

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Angelita La Escapia is in many ways everything that the Cuban revolutionary leader Bartolomeo is not. She therefore serves as his ideological contrast, even though both revolutionaries wish to see the demise of American capitalism. Bartolomeo is laden with the same immoral prejudices—racism, sexism—that characterize the decline of twentieht-century civilization throughout The Almanac more generally. He especially hates Indigenous peoples, viewing them as nothing more than “jungle monkeys and savages” that have no history of their own.

Understanding La Escapia’s views on Marxism is much easier whenever we set her motivations and worldview in contrast with...

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