Sabers and Utopias

Visions of Latin America: Essays by Mario Vargas Llosa

  • Published: Aug 10, 2020

A landmark collection of essays on the Nobel laureates conception of Latin America, past, present, and future Throughout his career, the Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa has grappled with the concept of Latin America on a global stage. Examining... read more

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Details of Sabers and Utopias

Exact title of the book
Sabers and Utopias
Book author
Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN
9780374708917
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Feb 27, 2018
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
304
File size (in PDF)
2736 kB

Some brief overview of book

A landmark collection of essays on the Nobel laureates conception of Latin America, past, present, and future 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 Americas 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 Llosas 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.

About author

Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individuals resistance, revolt, and defeat." He has also won the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking worlds most distinguished literary honor. His many works include The Discreet Hero, The Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, and Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, all published by FSG. Anna Kushner has translated the novels of Guillermo Rosales, Norberto Fuentes, Gonalo M.

Tavares, and Leonardo Padura.

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