Revista chilena de literatura
versión On-line ISSN 0718-2295
The first complete edition of Armas antarticas by Juan de Miramontes y Zuázola (2006), stimulates a productive dialogue between the 17th century poet, Paul Firbas, its 21" century editor and we, the readers, and invites us to think that we cannot aspire to the future without revising critically the written records of the invention of the New World. The inscription of the tale of the "primordial scene " ofCajamarca (Canto I) in a dialogic context, whose major consequence is to reveal the impossibility of the colonial dream of the "perfect crime " (the silence of the defeated), gives a specific form to said dialogue, written between the identification with and the distancing of these two acts of seductive writing: Miramontes' poem and Firbas' study.
Palabras clave : Armas antarticas; colonial epic; tale ofCajamarca; (Im)perfect crime.