The War of the End of the World

The War of the End of the World

Book - 2008 | First Picador edition.
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Deep within the remote backlands of nineteenth-century Brazil lies Canudos, home to all the damned of the earth: prostitutes, bandits, beggars, and every kind of outcast. It is a place where history and civilization have been wiped away. There is no money, no taxation, no marriage, no census. Canudos is a cauldron for the revolutionary spirit in its purest form, a state with all the potential for a true, libertarian paradise--and one the Brazilian government is determined to crush at any cost.

In perhaps his most ambitious and tragic novel, Mario Vargas Llosa tells his own version of the real story of Canudos, inhabiting characters on both sides of the massive, cataclysmic battle between the society and government troops. The resulting novel is a fable of Latin American revolutionary history, an unforgettable story of passion, violence, and the devastation that follows from fanaticism.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2008]
Edition: First Picador edition.
Copyright Date: ©1981
ISBN: 9780312427986
Branch Call Number: FIC Varga
Characteristics: 568 pages.
Additional Contributors: Lane, Helen R.


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Dec 19, 2019

A societal analysis of cultural, class and religious clashes. A messiah arise of a barren rural area to lead a movement based on fanatical ideology. He amassed followers willing to defend reclaimed land to build a classless society. The republic mobilize an army to dismantle the fanatics. The collection of fanatics will fight to the death to keep their plots and protect their leader and society. A truly epic illustration of a changing society and republic with unique arrays of characters and outcasts.

A fictional recreation of a historical figure.

Dec 17, 2014

Epic struggles of a "fanatical" religious community in rural Brazil at the turn of the 20th century. Vargas Llosa brings up issues of ideology and faith, loyalty and honor, corruption, sin and redemption, through a brilliant cast of damaged characters.

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