The War of the End of the World

The War of the End of the World


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The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312427986
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 07/22/2008
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 256,150
Product dimensions: 8.24(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.98(d)

About 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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The War of the End of the World 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Selah_Moon More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Latin American Magical realism with discipline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never read this kinda says alot when only 1 person got it Just sayen