El paraíso en la otra esquina (The Way to Paradise)

El paraíso en la otra esquina (The Way to Paradise)

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by Mario Vargas Llosa
     
 

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Dos vidas: la de Flora Tristán, que pone todos sus esfuerzos en la lucha por los derechos de la mujer y de los obreros, y la de Paul Gauguin, el hombre que descubre su pasión por la pintura y abandona su existencia burguesa para viajar a Tahití en busca de un mundo sin contaminar por las convenciones. Dos concepciones del sexo: la de Flora, que

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Dos vidas: la de Flora Tristán, que pone todos sus esfuerzos en la lucha por los derechos de la mujer y de los obreros, y la de Paul Gauguin, el hombre que descubre su pasión por la pintura y abandona su existencia burguesa para viajar a Tahití en busca de un mundo sin contaminar por las convenciones. Dos concepciones del sexo: la de Flora, que sólo ve en él un instrumento de dominio masculino y la de Gauguin, que lo considera una fuerza vital imprescindible puesta al servicio de su creatividad. ¿Qué tienen en común esas dos vidas? Esto es lo que Vargas Llosa pone de relieve en esta novela: el mundo de utopías que fue el siglo XIX. Un nexo de unión entre dos personajes opuestos que desvelan un deseo común: el de alcanzar un paraíso donde sea posible la felicidad para los seres humanos.

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In this latest saga, acclaimed Peruvian author Vargas Llosa revisits Flora Tristan, a leading 18th-century French activist considered one of the forerunners of feminism, and Paul Gauguin, the French artist known mostly for his paintings of Tahitian women and landscapes. With no apparent connection between the two characters other than Tristan being Gauguin's grandmother (although they never met), the book recounts their stories separately. Vargas Llosa focuses on an important epoch in each character's life: Flora's last eight months as she promotes her book about workers' rights and her avant-garde socialist and feminist ideas, and Gauguin's life from the moment he abandons his bourgeois homeland for Tahiti in search of the purity and innocence he believed was missing in Europe's languid art. Yet, through flashbacks and glimpses of memory, the author manages to paint a vivid portrait of each character's entire life. Subtly evoked everywhere in the novel is the protagonists' common and tireless search for an alternative world where human happiness is possible-a "paradise" that may be found here on earth or elsewhere. Although at times he succeeds in connecting these seemingly separate lives, Vargas Llosa fails to achieve the narrative unity so particular to previous novels like La fiesta del chivo (The Feast of the Goat, Suma de Letras, 2001) and Conversacion en la catedral (Conversation in the Cathedral, Suma de Letras, 2001), in which plot and characters link perfectly. At times, the book reads as two separate novelized biographies. Still, it carries the imprint of the author's careful composition and ability with prose, as well as his dazzling means of undressing his characters andexposing their most intimate feelings without deviating from the main plot. Recommended for public and academic libraries, and bookstores.
—Mateo Samper, Bogota, Colombia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9789681912512
Publisher:
Santillana USA Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/24/2003
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition

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El paraíso en la otra esquina (The Way to Paradise) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Llosa's prose is beautiful. His ability to switch from 1st person to 3rd and from Tristan to Gaugin is second only to his storytelling. A great story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I literally did not want the book to end. I became thoroughly engaged with the main characters, Gauguin and Flora, both so obsessed with their own very different versions of paradise. I especially liked the descriptions of Gauguin's artistic process--his supposed thoughts and experiences as he painted masterpieces so familiar to us. I also relished the varied settings--France, Peru, Tahiti-- and the range of colorful characters. This book sent me straight to others by Vargas Llosa...
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