Making Waves: Essays

Making Waves: Essays

Mario Vargas Llosa, John King

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 0374200386

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The first collection of essays by the world-renowned Peruvian novelist explores the relationship of literature and politics, the issue of Latin American independence, and the magic realist style of his books, among other topics."

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unusual, cheerful, tender, innocent, sensual, in which knowledge and reason, spurred on by nostalgia, are continually delving into memory to rectify life by appearing to reproduce it. The most salient characteristic of this world is inflation, which affects men, animals and objects, but also the air, the colours and the spirit. When a critic asked him why he painted ‘fat figures’, Botero replied, ‘They are not fat. They seem slender to me.’ And he added: ‘The problem is to determine the source

place, a picturesque and eccentric individual, a sort of harmless madman who is allowed his freedom because, after all, the madness is not contagious — how can he harm others if they do not read? Yet, even so, he should be kept in a strait-jacket, at a distance, treated with caution, tolerated with systematic mistrust. Sebastián must have known, when he decided to become a writer, what the future held for him: an ambiguous, marginal, segregated position in society. Years later, in his essay ‘Lima

creation of a theatre club and was a teacher and even a director. There was no way of publishing dramatic works and he was his own publisher. There was no literary criticism and he set himself to review books that appeared abroad, to comment on poetry, short stories and novels published in Peru and to encourage, advise and help young authors. There was no art criticism and he was an art critic, lecturer and exhibition organizer. For a long time, and finally with allies, he personified the

the Third World became fashionable, Les Temps Modernes published articles on the problems in these countries and I remember, for example, that I discovered in its pages, in 1954 or 1955, the existence of the Cuban Alejo Carpentier. But these were sideline aspects of Sartre’s political project. The central concern was his conviction, formed at the time of the Liberation and maintained until his death, that socialism is the only solution to social problems and that the intellectual has the duty to

altogether. The yawning gap in the novel — the barbarous deflowering of Temple — is an ominous silence, an expressive silence. Nothing is described, but from that unexpressed savagery a poisonous atmosphere seeps out and spreads to contaminate Memphis and other places in the novel, turning them into a land of evil, regions of ruin and horror, beyond all hope. There are many other hidden pieces of information, some of which are revealed retrospectively, after the effects that they cause — like the

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