Making Waves

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Macmillan, 1997 - Literary Collections - 338 pages
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Mario Vargas Llosa, renowned as a novelist, is one of our most brilliant and provocative public intellectuals as well. In "Making Waves," the first collection of his essays, he explores, with characteristic brio and elegance, his long-standing preoccupations - literature and politics, Europe and the Americas, and the relations among them all. We follow Vargas Llosa from his native Peru to Madrid and then to Paris, the setting of essays on his great precursors Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus, as well as a comic account of his visit to the tomb of Rin Tin Tin and an affecting memoir of his time in the city as an aspiring writer in the 1960s. In passionately critical essays on the Cuban revolution and its aftermath, Vargas Llosa takes up vital questions of Latin American independence, while in essays on Faulkner, Garcia Marquez, and Julio Cortazar - and in an exchange with Gunter Grass - he ponders magic realism. In more recent articles, he considers the terrorism of Peru's Shining Path and the presidency of Alberto Fujimori - and the failures of the English public-school system, which made his son into a Rastafarian. The essays in "Making Waves" are full of Mario Vargas Llosa's unflagging literary intensity and moral and political integrity. They are an important addition to the body of work of this major international writer.
 

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MAKING WAVES: Essays

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A strong selection of the 60-year-old Peruvian novelist's (Death in the Andes, 1996, etc.) journalism and literary essays, spanning 30 years of prodigious, passionate creativity. Such collections of ... Read full review

Making waves

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The eminent Peruvian novelist (e.g., Death in the Andes, LJ 10/15/95), whose recent memoir, A Fish in the Water (LJ 5/1/94), recounts his unsuccessful bid for president of his country, lived for many ... Read full review

Contents

The Country of a Thousand Faces
1
When Madrid was a Village
16
Chronicle of the Cuban Revolution
20
In a Normandy Village Remembering Paúl Escobar
25
Toby Rest in Peace
28
Ptit Pierre
32
Hemingway The Shared Feast
37
A Visit to Buñuel
45
Faulkner in Laberinto
148
William Faulkner The Sanctuary of Evil
152
John Dos Passos Manhattan Transfer
158
The World Cup Spain 1982
164
The Story of a Massacre
171
Freedom for the Free?
200
Nicaragua at the Crossroads
205
My Son the Rastafarian
225

Luis Buñuel A Festival of Excellent Bad Films
52
Simone de Beauvoir Les Belles Images
55
Sebastián Salazar Bondy and the Vocation of the Writer in Peru
59
Literature is Fire
70
Literature and Exile
75
Socialism and the Tanks
79
A Visit to Karl Marx
83
Joyces Dubliners
88
The Other Oscar
95
Doris Lessing The Golden Notebook
99
Letter to Haydée Santamaría
105
Albert Camus and the Morality of Limits
107
Bataille or the Redemption of Evil
117
Sartre Fierabrás and Utopia
127
The Mandarin
131
Isaiah Berlin A Hero of Our Time
144
The Trumpet of Deyá
245
Botero A Sumptuous Abundance
254
Szyszlo in the Labyrinth
268
Degenerate Art
271
A Fleeting Impression of Václav Havel
276
Swiss Passion
281
Letter to Salman Rushdie
287
The People and the Decent People On Contemporary Peru
289
The Death of Che
294
Nations Fictions
299
Saul Bellow and Chinese Whispers
305
Visual Contact
311
The Penis or Life The Bobbitt Affair
315
The Truth of Lies
320
Index
331
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About the author (1997)

Mario Vargas Llosa was born in Peru in 1936. He has written thirteen novels and five plays including Kathie and the Hippoptomus, La Chunga, and Nice Eyes,Ugly Paintings.

John King is Professor, School of Comparative American Studies, University of Warwick.

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