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Vargas Llosa, Mario The War of the End of the World
03 November 2012 to 14:21
A man called "The Counselor" is wandering the deserts, plains, and villages. He teaches scripture and rebuilds churches, like a monk, eating and sleeping very little. He attracts an odd group of followers--cripples, murderers, fanatical boys--and leads them to Canudos where they build a town and a glorious cathedral. The town is designed in imitation of Jerusalem. Many people flock to the site to see The Counselor; he heals them with a touch and washes them clean of sin.

The newly-installed conservative government is suspicious of Canudos, seeing it as a bastion of progressive sentiment. They resolve to attack the town and wipe it out. The Counselor, however, has long warned his followers that the Dog and his forces of evil will try to ruin their sanctuary.

When the small branch of the army sent to destroy what they think is a band of cripples and madmen arrives, they are slaughtered with all the vengeance of a holy war. The angered government sends a larger force and the town is eventually destroyed, but the few survivors insist that they saw The Counselor ascend to heaven, and so his reign lives on.
The novel’s focus is the distinction between fact and fiction, history and narrative. This is true most apparently because the novelist employs the tropes most customarily associated with historical novels--novels that at least claim to have some relation to real historical events. Dates are noted and an objective, journalistic tone sometimes dominates the narrative. Nevertheless, it is clear that most of the details of the novel are pure fiction.

Characters also discuss the nature of fact. Canudos is called "a tree of stories," it is built of words and faith. Nevertheless, it is as real as any less prosaic town. It remains unclear whether The Counselor is truly (factually) a prophet or a madman and by the end of the novel it doesn’t seem to matter what the truth of the situation is. What matters is what people say and believe. In these ways, the novel challenges a common-sense notion that facts are what matter. In this story, culture, beliefs, or pre-suppositions clearly have more relevance than truth.
Sir David Frost talks to Mario Vargas Llosa, the writer and former Peruvian presidential candidate, about the extradition of former Peruvian President Albert...
The Storyteller (El Hablador)-Mario Vargas Llosa
16 August 2012 to 14:07
The Storyteller (El Hablador) is a novel by Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa. The story tells of Saúl Zuratas, a university student who leaves civilization and becomes a "storyteller" for the Machiguenga Indians. The novel thematizes the Westernization of indigenous peoples through missions and through anthropological studies, and questions the perceived notion that indigenous cultures are set in stone.

It is a novel that deals with displaced cultural identities and Peru's noncohesive diversity. Its major themes are the relationship between the global, national and tribal societies; the coexistence and codependence of center and periphery, the "first and third worlds"; cultural hybridism, miscegenation and transnationalism as the only possible way of survival in the modern world. The novel also questions the dichotomous relationship between the writer, as a modern autonomous subject, and the storyteller, as an already disappeared part of the collective experience. It explores different possibilities of a dialogue between the storyteller/novelist and his/her listener/reader.

To analyze the themes in a broader concept, Vargas asks the reader to think about the positive and negative effects of globalization, specifically through the roles of the Viracochas (White men, most typically used in negatively describing the ruthless rubber merchant of the rubber boom) and the missionaries. The Viracochas used the native Indians to harvest rubber, promising them food, shelter and goods to come work for them. The Viracochas treated the Indians horribly once they got to the camps and began pitting the tribes against each other once man power became scarce. They would send Mashcos to capture three Machiguengas or vice versa to buy their "freedom." "They wanted to Bleed us like they bled the trees."[3]. The Viracochas shed a negative light on globalization by exploiting the land and people for profit. Regarding the missionaries and linguists at the Summer Institute, the line between negative and positive impacts are blurred. By studying the Machiguengas, learning their language, and teaching them English and religion, some may argue that the native Indians are being saved from extinction in modern civilization. Others argue that the linguists and missionaries are a "tentacle of American imperialism which, under the conver of doing scientific research, has been engaged in gathering intelligence and has taken the first steps toward a neocolonist penetration of the cultures of the Amazonian Indian."[4]Through these examples of progress versus preservation, Llosa asks the reader, "which is more important?"
Mario Vargas Llosa delivers his speech at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. Sorry about the sound not being in synch! Mario Vargas Llosa pronunc...
07 June 2012 to 12:42 - Click to Subscribe! Midnight In Paris hits theaters on May 20th, 2011. Cast: Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Adr...
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