The War of the End of the World

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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 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 ...

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Overview

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 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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Editorial Reviews

Robert Stone
"A powerful and haunting historical novel." -- The New York Times Book Review
Madison Smartt Bell
"His masterpiece." -- The New York Times Book Review
Salman Rushdie
"As dark as spilled blood...a modern tragedy on the grand scale." -- The New Republic
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"A modern tragedy on the grand scale . . . As dark as spilled blood."--Salman Rushdie, The New Republic

"A vast, fantastic, thunderous novel."--The Times (UK)

"A magnificent storyteller . . . [Vargas Llosa] gives us a cast of unforgettable characters swept up in the upheaval. . . . This is the work of a master, coming into full realization of his powers."--The Boston Sunday Globe

"His masterpiece."--Madison Smartt Bell

"An extraordinary achievement. The author gives a wonderfully vivid and impartial picture of individuals and communities."--The Guardian (UK)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380699872
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1985

Meet the Author

MARIO VARGAS LLOSA was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.” Peru’s foremost writer, he has been awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. His many works include The Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The War of the End of the World, and The Storyteller. He lives in London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Real writing

    So much garbage out there these days. This was an intricate story full of characters. Actual characters. Loved the story, the prose and the ideas about our transition from old to new and where that is leading us. Brilliant.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2002

    Buy it and read it

    This is Latin American Magical realism with discipline.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2014

    I'm reading this book right now and it is so rich.  The characte

    I'm reading this book right now and it is so rich.  The characters are complex and authentic.  The writing breathes beyond traditional collegiate writing structures which is so refreshing.  It's raw, real and eloquent. It takes the first 100 or so pages to set up the story and catch the groove, but it's well worth hanging in there.  If you're interested in Central/South American political and religious struggle, this book is like poetry.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

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    Never read this kinda says alot when only 1 person got it
    Just sayen

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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