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Sabers and utopias : visions of Latin America

Uniform Title
Sables y utopías. English.
Sabers and utopias : visions of Latin America / Mario Vargas Llosa ; translated from the Spanish by Anna Kushner.
First American edition.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
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Physical Description
xxiii, 275 pages ; 22 cm.
"Originally published in Spanish in 2009 by Santillana Ediciones Generales, Spain, as Sables y Utopías."
Includes index.
"Throughout his career, the Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa has grappled with the concept of Latin America on a global stage. Examining liberal claims and searching for cohesion, he continuously weighs the reality of the continent against the image it projects, and considers the political dangers and possibilities that face this diverse set of countries. Now this illuminating and versatile collection assembles these never-before-translated criticisms and meditations. Reflecting the intellectual development of the writer himself, these essays distill the great events of Latin America's recent history, analyze political groups like FARC and Sendero Luminoso, and evaluate the legacies of infamous leaders such as Papa Doc Duvalier and Fidel Castro. Arranged by theme, they trace Vargas Llosa's unwavering demand for freedom, his embrace of and disenchantment with revolutions, and his critique of nationalism, populism, indigenism, and corruption. From the discovery of liberal ideas to a defense of democracy, buoyed by a passionate invocation of Latin American literature and art, Sabers and Utopias is a monumental collection from one of our most important writers. Uncompromising and adamantly optimistic, these social and political essays are a paean to thoughtful engagement and a brave indictment of the discrimination and fear that can divide a society.."--Jacket flap.
Added to Catalog
March 20, 2018
Foreword: The instinctive struggle for freedom / by Carlos Granés
The fall of Somoza
Toward a totalitarian Peru
The perfect dictatorship
Death in Haiti
Fidel and his "melancholy whores"
Funeral rites for a tyrant
Warning to dictators
The leader's honor
Letter to Fidel Castro
The logic of terror
Good terrorists
Down with the law of gravity!
The apogee of horror
No more FARC
For the history of infamy
Death of the Caudillo
Elephant and culture
Why? How?
The "hispanics"
Nostalgia for the sea
Repugnant laudatory fare
The other state
The defeat of fascism
A call for harmony
Empty the shelves!
Between namesakes
Liberalism across two millennia
Dreams and reality in Latin America
Hunting gays
Marijuana comes out of the closet
Julian Assange on the balcony
Lost identity
The students
José Donoso; or, A life made into literature
Cabrera infante
Welcome to Fernando de Szyszlo
Friendship and books
Fifty years of the Latin American boom.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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