The answers to these questions are hinted at, and much of what he writes about is definitely relevant today. Interesting as well, of course, is getting as close as possible to the evolving political thought of one of the greatest writers of our time. It is a book that calls for something more than a 2-dimensional political reach, and will remind readers that politics is an actinoid field of intersecting—and at times contradictory—lines of understanding that emerges from cultural context and history.
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View 2 comments. Es sumamente refrescante leer al autor critcar la vista de los europeos que ignorando la realidad de el subcontintente ven en Chavez o Rafal Guillen una oportunidad de justicia social. Por otra parte como Lationamericano en Europa considero que la comunidad Europea tiene mucho que aprender de la historia Latinoamericana y de sus crisis del siglo XX. There are a lot of political articles here, and Vargas Llosa is kind of boring on politics.
He views everything through a libertarian lens, which is tedious. He's always against illiberal tendencies and dictators, which is fine if uncontroversial , but he rarely has original insights.
He does try to be a da Cunha or and Octavio Paz and make a general theory of Latin American unreality, but There are a lot of political articles here, and Vargas Llosa is kind of boring on politics. He does try to be a da Cunha or and Octavio Paz and make a general theory of Latin American unreality, but when it comes to unreality, he's a better novelist than essayist.
The best parts were where he was talking about literature, especially the closing essay about "the Boom"--the movement of Latin American literature out into the world at large and into other Latin American countries that happened in the 60s. He acknowledges the efforts of key editors and agents in Spain to bring this writing to the world. View 1 comment. May 19, John Gurney rated it really liked it. Tambien, son muchos ensayos de politicias. Revolucciones en Colombia, Nicaragua, Chile y otras paises reciben tinta. Un unico conjunto de ensayos son de Fidel Castro, sobre unos anos, y podemos ver como Vargas Llosa vuelto contra Cuba de Fidel despues el exilio y encarcelamiento de periodistas por el dictador.
La filosofia de libertad y mercados libres existen aqui en palabras bonitas y argumentos poderosos. View all 3 comments. Sep 26, Ivana rated it really liked it. Sep 24, Sarai rated it it was amazing. Autoritarismo, Revoluciones, Desarrollo, Liberalismo y Arte. Read for Read Harder Challenge: An ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America, An epistolary novel or collection of letters This book is a collection of essays where a noted Peruvian author, Mario Vargas Llosa, over the span of several decades, offers his insights in various actions and personalities within Latin America.
He is unabashedly liberal, but he is not so liberal that he gravitates towards Castro and the Communists he was once taken in by men like Castro, but as Castro moved toward dictatorship, Llosa began criticizing him relentlessly. Perhaps if I had a greater understanding of Latin American society and politics, I could offer some greater critical assessments of his works.
Yet, there is much to learn from his writings. The quality and presentation of ideas in his writing is of superior.
I learned a great deal. I can see enough of where he can open himself to criticisms, but you can deny the power of his arguments. Easy to see how he won a Nobel Prize for Literature. Worth the time to read. Mar 26, Hotspur rated it really liked it. His writing is clear, as is his dedication to his old time liberalism.
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I was left with a good understanding of corruption in Latin America, as well as a better understanding of the nationalist caudillo savior of the left-wing variety, who is nothing more than a selfish ego-maniacal tyrant, bent on retaining power and enriching himself. While it may be true that the left-wing savior tyrant always ruins his country economically, there are few examples other than Chile where neo-liberal economic policies have worked outside of the First World.
I do wish he'd turn his saber on that. This collection brings together his political thought: rule of law and freedom; literature: pretty much exclusively Latin American. Most of the essays are short and decry the political miscreants and caudillos of Latin America. Others praise the writers, artists, and young idealists for standing up to tyranny. MVL is interesting in that he appears to be able to separate politics and government from fiction, noting that poetic metaphors should be kept out of politics and stay where they belong.
This collection of his OpEds from the last 30 years provides a good primer on Latin American politics for those who follow such from outside of Latin America. The consistent theme throughout the book is his frustration for Latin Americans' weaknesses for demagogues and phantom utopias. Great way to get 'executiv MVL is interesting in that he appears to be able to separate politics and government from fiction, noting that poetic metaphors should be kept out of politics and stay where they belong.
Great way to get 'executive overview' of political history over last three decades. Nov 14, Luis Duque rated it it was amazing. Mix of short articles about Latin America and politics. Most of it provides a good overview of recent latin american history. This read a lot like a text book. I really enjoyed learning more about these countries, but after each essay needed a break.
First I would like to thank John, my Goodreads friend for recommending this book, coupled with his excellent recent review. Not that I am complaining. Reading Vargas Llosa is always a treat, so full of anectdotes, insights and a few jokes, to boot. This is a very dense book comprising of a multitude of essays spanning some 40 years and co First I would like to thank John, my Goodreads friend for recommending this book, coupled with his excellent recent review.
This is a very dense book comprising of a multitude of essays spanning some 40 years and covering politics, culture and the arts. Come to think of it, this sums up Latin America nicely. After reading some of the political sections, I was wondering what is my draw to Latin America? More than half the book points out both the flaws of right wing dictatorships and the left wing Maoists like Sendero Luminoso. With titles like "The plague of authoritarianism" and "Obstacles to development, nationalism, populism, indiginism, corruption", Vargas Llosa goes after big names like Castro, Chavez, FARC, and of course the sad years in his native Peru.
After reading these articles, one wonders how they survived with all the violence and brutality and actually have democratically elected for the most part governments. However, Vargas Llosa aims down the middle with his views on liberalism even pointing out how even this has been eroded in the last decades in America. He is very pasionate about liberalismo and it surfaces often in many of his essays.
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I heard an interview with him after he tried to run for the Peruvian government back in the s. One has to admire his tenacity, and courage for attempting politics. What would have happen if he had won? Sadly Fujimoro would take power and political mayhem ensued. So there are times feelings of frustration with this book, because when the politics seem bad, almost every Latin American writer takes one side or the other often on the left.
By taking his middle road, Vargas Llosa sounds hopeful although at times, rather cynical. There are amazing personal glimpes. So many, many good things here. Its true after reading so many essays, some of his points sound repetitive. He does harp on about Peru but then again, he does have a personal interest.
What I truly loved are his sections on the arts. The essay on Botero gave me a new view on this artist. The man knew so many people, and gives us amazing glimpses of the art world so that a I savoured each essay. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details.
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