Friday, November 5, 2010

A Deserving Nobel Laureate

"Mario Vargas Llosa richly deserves his Nobel Prize for Literature," rightly says Miguel Valerio, of "that rare specimen who is both an academic and a man of action, an artist and an activist, a complex, passionate personality and a hard-headed politician" — Home run for Hispanic humanist. Of the novel I am currently reading, en castellano, Mr. Valerio writes:
    The War of the End of the World is another historical novel, which has as its background the popular uprising led by a religious fanatic, Antonio Conselheiro, “The Counselor,” in Bahia (Brazil) towards the end of the 19th century. In the eventual demise of “The Counselor” and his ten-thousand-strong following Vargas Llosa articulates a poignant condemnation of all forms of fanaticism, be they religious, political or otherwise. The War of the End of the World is considered by most critics Vargas Llosa’s best executed novel.

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