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Library JournalThis text represents a lifetime of the thought and intellectual development of acclaimed Peruvian writer Vargas Llosa. Comprising mostly essays, articles, and correspondence, the book allows readers to witness the gradual maturing of his intellectual offerings. The material is divided into several sections that mainly touch on the politics of Peru, Cuba, Argentina, and Chile, as well as general observation into Latin American life and politics. Vargas Llosa is known to have gradually changed his politics from youthful leftist leanings to a more moderate stance. This shift is especially evident in the essays focused on the Castro regime. Earlier essays support the regime, while subsequent writings end with an open letter to Castro signed by prominent writers expressing disappointment in his treatment of journalists and the international press. Of course, Vargas Llosa is also well known for his fiction, and the last section of this compilation is devoted to Latin American novelists and arts. Vargas Llosa speaks to the powerful yet naïve painting style of Frida Kahlo and to the works of Jorge Luis Borges. Highly recommended for academic libraries with strong Latin American studies components.—Laura Torres, Arlington, MA
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