In the 19th and 20th centuries, the gaucho enjoyed near mythical status as a national icon in Argentina and Uruguay. Here, Huberman (Haverford College) adds a radicalized twist to the ongoing debates on national identity, regional identification, and cross-cultural exchange. Analyzing the gaucho in novels of "foreign" authors W. H. Hudson (The Purple Land and Far Away and Long Ago), Benito Lynch (El inglés de los güesos), and Alberto Gerchunoff (Los gauchos judíos), she highlights how English scientists and travelers and Italian and Jewish immigrants interact with the gaucho lifestyle, both in reality and in their desire to translate an intercultural perspective. She shows clearly how such mediation challenges "foreign" and "native" as stable categories. With this volume, Huberman adds greatly to knowledge of the textual strategies of cultural interchange in what she imaginatively designates "the glossary effect" in this sampling of the multicultural wealth of Argentine literature. Well written and including a useful bibliography, this handsomely printed study deserves a place on the list of must-read critical literature on Southern Cone culture and national identity. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; graduate students; general readers.