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The War of the End of the World

The War of the End of the World Deep within the remote backlands of nineteenth century Brazil lies Canudos home to all the damned of the earth prostitutes bandits beggars and every kind of outcast It is a place where history and

Deep within the remote backlands of nineteenth century Brazil lies Canudos, home to all the damned of the earth prostitutes, bandits, beggars, and every kind of outcast It is a place where history and civilization have been wiped away There is no money, no taxation, no marriage, no census Canudos is a cauldron for the revolutionary spirit in its purest form, a state wiDeep within the remote backlands of nineteenth century Brazil lies Canudos, home to all the damned of the earth prostitutes, bandits, beggars, and every kind of outcast It is a place where history and civilization have been wiped away There is no money, no taxation, no marriage, no census Canudos is a cauldron for the revolutionary spirit in its purest form, a state with all the potential for a true, libertarian paradise and one the Brazilian government is determined to crush at any cost.In perhaps his most ambitious and tragic novel, Mario Vargas Llosa tells his own version of the real story of Canudos, inhabiting characters on both sides of the massive, cataclysmic battle between the society and government troops The resulting novel is a fable of Latin American revolutionary history, an unforgettable story of passion, violence, and the devastation that follows from fanaticism.

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  1. Mario Vargas Llosa says:
    Mario Vargas Llosa, born in Peru in 1936, is the author of some of the most significant writing to come out of South America in the past fifty years His novels include The Green House, about a brothel in a Peruvian town that brings together the innocent and the corrupt The Feast of the Goat, a vivid re creation of the Dominican Republic during the final days of General Rafael Trujillo s insidious regime and Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, a comedic semi autobiographical account of an aspiring writer named Marito Varguitas, who falls in love with Julia, the divorced sister in law of his Uncle Lucho He is also a widely read and respected essayist, writing everything from newspaper opinion pieces to critical works on other writers, including The Perpetual Orgy on Flaubert.Vargas Llosa is also active outside the literary arena, and was a serious contender for the presidency of Peru in 1990 eventually losing to the now disgraced Alberto Fujimori , an experience he documented in his memoir, A Fish in the Water On the controversial nature of some of his work he said, The writer s job is to write with rigor, with commitment, to defend what they believe with all the talent they have I think that s part of the moral obligation of a writer, which cannot be only purely artistic I think a writer has some kind of responsibility at least to participate in the civic debate I think literature is impoverished, if it becomes cut from the main agenda of people, of society, of life He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for the year 2010, for his cartography of structures of power his trenchant images of the individual s resistance, revolt, and defeat cmillan author mariov

Comment 524 on “The War of the End of the World

  1. brian says:
    that s what happens when the world s most overrated living author GGM gets punched in the face by a far superior one MVL the fight occurred in a mexican moviehouse in 1976 and neither of em have ever discussed said incident whatever went down a woman politics , i wish i was there to give the chubby bastard a kick in the ribs when he was on the ground the war of the end of the world deserves the place in the pantheon occupied by marquez s silly epics here we have a 20th century history of the pel [...]

  2. Michael Finocchiaro says:
    This riveting story about a true event in Brasilian history is a page turner The story of the surprising rise and inevitable fall of the commune of Canudo out in the middle of the Bahia region is told from several perspectives and using painstaking detail The scenes of battle are excruciating and incredibly realistic Once again, Mario Vargas Llosa has delivered a marvelous piece of literature here and one can see why he deserved his Nobel in 2010.The narrative style is classic Vargas Llosa diffe [...]

  3. BlackOxford says:
    Practical EschatologyAt precisely the time that Fyodor Dostoevsky was writing of the Grand Inquisitor and his confrontation with a Jesus returned to the world 1879 80 , the events he was fictionalising were playing themselves out in the scrublands of the Brazilian State of Bahia In fact, the Brazilian drama surpasses Dostoevsky s plot by including all the celebrities from the original biblical stories Who says history doesn t repeat itself Mario Vargas Llosa s The War of the End of the World is [...]

  4. Henry Avila says:
    That a mad man , walking from village to village, in the poor northeast of Brazil, in the state of Bahia, during the late 1800 s , preaching to the poor, the brotherhood of all, and the end of the world, would cause the deaths of countless people, and shake the very foundation of the new republic is unfathomable Since the abolition of slavery , and the monarchy, less then a decade ago, 1888, 1889, many homeless slaves have nowhere to go, or feel wanted, anywhere, white farm workers no jobs, negl [...]

  5. William1 says:
    3.5 stars What an elephantine statement I began the novel with the impression that it was kind of a Christian millenarian Germinal in terms of the bleakness of its storyline By the end, however, it was clear to me that Vargas Llosa s model was predominantly Russian When AC says here that there is a certain archaism and hieratic nature in the writing, I think this is in part what he means, though the limited third person voice never widens to full God like omniscience The novel is based on the Ca [...]

  6. Chloe says:
    There are books at which we arrive to too soon, books that are forced down our throats by well meaning instructors and friends, books that are passed on with loving grace and books that are clung to relentlessly for years There are books of which we hear much yet never open and obscure books that catch our eye in a musty booksellers that swiftly become those items with which to cudgel our own friends There are books that you forget minutes after reading and books that haunt your steps for years [...]

  7. Fabian says:
    Hailed as his masterpiece, War of the End of the World is megadense It churns inside the brain as it desperately tries to make sense of what is inherently senseless The world of the fanatical Counselor versus the entire republic of Brazil is perhaps one of the most exciting and well written war novels ever, on the same scale as Gone with the Wind There are many flavors here, like in most of his other denser novels, all of them are exceedingly palatable There are no Green House shenanigans here, [...]

  8. Luís C. says:
    Welcome to Canudos Perched on the crest of a deformed cactus, a black urubu scrutinizes the pilgrims who are walking painfully towards the entrance of this lost locality of the Brazilian Northeast, an agglomeration that has become the center of attention of the highest authorities in the country.Remembering The Land of Carnival by the late Jorge Amado , here I am back in the Bahian Backlands, this time with a Peruvian guide, Mario Vargas Llosa, and his novel The War of the End of The World publi [...]

  9. AC says:
    An extremely interesting book, brilliantly executed and conceived It is clear that this is a writer of the first order, though I do not know I doubt, actually that the voice is representative of Vargas Llosa s other works An historical novel, set at the end of the 19th cen there is a certain archaism and hieratic nature in the writing which is appropriate to and which works, given the topic but which can, in the end, be fatiguing.The book explores a realm of moral ambiguity, and in a fashion tha [...]

  10. Jan-Maat says:
    At the end of the nineteenth century a rebellion broke out in the back lands of Bahia, Brazil.The rebels who are poor people, bandits, people of uncertain ethnicity, former slaves, impoverished settlers, disabled, all inspired by a charismatic religious leader and thoroughly alienated from the new Republic, were inspired by the hope that Dom Sebastian, the Portuguese King who had died in Morocco in the sixteenth century, would like a King Arthur return to rule over them, were eventually utterly [...]

  11. Ubik 2.0 says:
    Canudos non una storia, bens un albero di storie il giornalista miope Romanzo storico di rara potenza, La guerra alla fine del mondo si richiama ad eventi realmente accaduti alla fine dell 800 in una landa semidesertica all interno dello stato brasiliano di Bahia Secondo la minuziosa prefazione italiana al libro, quello che si concentr in una remota localit del sertao non fu che il pi rilevante e il pi cruento di una serie di episodi di ribellione al potere che in Brasile si manifestarono nel lo [...]

  12. David says:
    Alabado sea el Buen Jes s I made it I will not lie, I had a war with this book It was good Verdad It was hard to read at times Muy verdad 920 p ginas en espa ol Not only one of the biggest books I have ever read, but in Spanish It is by Mario Vargas Llosa, one of my favourite authors The language skills are excelente, the characters buenos y malos, and the plot flows como el r o Alabado sea paz.Pero est guerra A war And it was very graphic and hard to take Countless hordes of dead, maimed and th [...]

  13. Mikela says:
    I find it very difficult to put into words my thoughts on this book This is a historical novel based on the peasant revolt that took place in Brazil in the late 19th century when a renegade priest and his followers took over an abandoned estate in Canudos and established a community that refused to recognize the authority of the newly established republic, the old catholic church or civil marriages Money was outlawed There could be no taxation, census taking, marriage or ownership of property in [...]

  14. A.J. Howard says:
    The War of the End of the World is, after The Feast of the Goat, only the second the second Mario Vargas Llosa novel I have read But I still feel mostly secure in saying that Vargas Llosa, than any other novelist I can think of this side of Tolstoy, has a better and intuitive grasp of the subtleties of politics By this, I don t mean such politica machinations as electioneering and how a bill becomes a law Instead, Vargas Llosa s writing explores the essence of the political relationship betwee [...]

  15. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly says:
    The two most prolific killers the world has ever known No, not Hitler and Stalin I refer to the twin scourge of mankind RELIGION and POLITICS.The RELIGION a very charismatic, itinerant preacher named the Counselor managed to establish a large following among the poor, the unfortunate, the abnormal and the rejects of society in the 19th century Mexico He mouths the name of Jesus Christ and preaches the message of hope, forgiveness and salvation for those who believe They look at the government th [...]

  16. Adam says:
    Another tale of mayhem, history and the macabre from Vargas Llosa Whereas Death in the Andes was compared to a Diane Arbus styled portrait the visual artists this book evokes is Heiryonmous Bosch or Breughal A medieval meets the wild west landscape turn of the century Brazil of prophets, bandits, water witches, droughts, a storytelling dwarf, flagellants, miracle healers, madmen, plagues, vultures, rats, a revolutionary phrenologist, pariah dogs, Barons whose time has past, circus freaks, a utop [...]

  17. Sandra says:
    Con questo grandioso romanzo epico, Vargas Llosa narra un tragico fatto storico che sconvolse il Brasile di fine Ottocento, la lotta intrapresa dagli abitanti di un dimenticato paese del nord est brasiliano, Canudos, sotto la guida del mistico Antonio il Consigliere, una di quelle figure che nascono solo nell America del Sud, un predicatore solitario, un misto di fanatismo religioso e utopia politica, nei confronti della neonata Repubblica Brasiliana, negli ultimi anni del secolo diciannovesimo [...]

  18. Patryx says:
    Ma tu la conosci Canudos Se la risposta no, si pu subito rimediare leggendo il bellissimo libro di Mario Vargas Llosa Non fatevi spaventare n dalla mole n , soprattutto, dai caratteri minuscoli dell Edizione Einaudi Una volta immersi nella lettura le pagine, dense e corpose, volano e noi con loro nello spazio e nel tempo per raggiungere questo angolo del Nordest del Brasile, diverso dall iconografia stereotipata di mare, sole e divertimento Ci ritroviamo alla fine del XIX secolo in un paesaggio [...]

  19. Alex says:
    Good God, this book is amazing It has the massive cast and sprawl of War Peace, and an apocalyptic feel that reminded me of oh shut up The Stand It s longer than it looks Llosa has a terse style, so things happen at a rapid clip It took me longer to read than I thought it would But not like I was bored This was one of those cases where I felt anxious as the end of the book neared, bummed out that it was going to be over soon.It taught me that I need to pick books based on than geographical loca [...]

  20. Luana says:
    Titolo La guerra della fine del mondo Sottotitolo Di come mi venne la morbosa curiosit di scoprire cosa danno da mangiare agli autori latinoamericani affinch scrivano in maniera cos eccellente Nel caso in cui scienziati, astrofisici, filosofi e quant altro si stiano ancora interrogando sull esistenza dell infinito, oggi vi dichiaro ufficialmente che la sottoscritta me medesima proveniente da un paesino del Nord Sardegna, residente nella bellissima citt di Cagliari, ha trovato la risposta s , l i [...]

  21. Bryan Murphy says:
    This novel reminds me forcefully of Conor Cruise O Brien s play Murderous Angels about men in thrall to conflicting ideals that lead them to disaster O Brien s play was written in the 1960s and set in the 1960s Vargas Llosa wrote his novel at the turn of the millennium but set it in the 1890s The ideals that O Brien focused on the Murderous Angels in people s heads thus seem contemporary freedom and peace, whereas Vargas Llosa sets religious fundamentalism against nationalism, ideals which migh [...]

  22. César says:
    Llosa no seu melhor o meu Nobel favorito Um mil folhas pelas camadas e n o pelas p ginas, que s o s 600 sobre a inesperada Guerra dos Canudos, que ia dando com a Rep blica Brasileira em louca no final do s culo XIX e que tem uma atualidade enorme na 2a d cada do s culo XXI Estive sempre a lembrar me do Daesh quando lia sobre os fan ticos seguidores do Conselheiro, esp cie de Mulah cat lico, retr grado e ultraconservador seguido por deserdados procura de um prop sito que nunca tiveram e para quem [...]

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