A Storyteller: Mario Vargas Llosa Between Civilization and Barbarism / Edition 147

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In "A Story-Teller", Braulio Mu-oz offers a critical appraisal of Mario Vargas Llosa's literary and political production from a sociotheoretical perspective. He engages the debate concerning the role of the writer in Latin America, the merits and shortcomings of modernist and postmodernist thought, and the differences between neoliberalism and alternative democractic positions.

Author Biography: Braulio Mu-oz is professor of sociology at Swarthmore College.

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Editorial Reviews

British Bulletin of Publications on Latin America
Munoz incorporates much interesting detail and analysis into the work.
James Petras
Munoz has written an important study de-mystifying one of the sacred cows of Euro-Latin American literature while acknowledging his storytelling ability. Munoz's brilliant de-construction of Vargas Llosa's personal confession and self-affirmation and his relocation of the writer as a European-based mestizo is worth the price of the book.
British Bulletin of Publications on Latin America the Caribbean Portugal and Spain
Munoz incorporates much interesting detail and analysis into the work.
An invaluable addition to the literature.
World Literature Today
Munoz's book is undoubtedly a significant contribution to our understanding of the 'psychocultural sediments' hidden in Mario Vargas Llosa's writing.
British Bulletin Of Publications
Munoz incorporates much interesting detail and analysis into the work.
Julio Ortega
Against these times of post-modern relativism, Vargas Llosa embodies the need for a master narative, a single view, a whole encompassing truth. But in . . . this book, Braulio Munoz, with Kant and Derrida by his side, looks the man in the eye and the rest is literature—which amounts to a lively, even fascinating reading.
An invaluable addition to the literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847697519
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 147
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Braulio Mu-oz is professor of sociology at Swarthmore College.

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Table of Contents

1 On Literature 1
2 Daemons and the Total Novel 9
3 On Truthtelling 19
4 A Writer's Morality 31
5 Civilization and Barbarism 43
6 Politics and Literature 51
7 Writer and Politico 63
8 History and Freedom 71
9 Memory 79
10 The Storyteller 87
11 Two Foxes of Peru 95
Epilogue 103
Notes 105
Selected Bibliography 127
Index 131
About the Author 135
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