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The War of the End of the World

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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 wi...more
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Published March 4th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1981)
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brian



that's what happens when the world's most overrated living author (GGM) gets punched in the face by a far superior one (MVL). the fight occurred in a mexican moviehouse in 1976 and neither of 'em have ever discussed said incident. whatever went down (a woman? politics?), i wish i was there to give the chubby bastard a kick in the ribs when he was on the ground.

the war of the end of the world deserves the place in the pantheon occupied by marquez's silly epics. here we have a 20th century histor...more
William
3.5 stars — What an elephantine statement. I began the novel with the impression that it was kind of a Christian millenarian Germinal in terms of the bleakness of its storyline. By the end, however, it was clear to me that Vargas Llosa's model was predominantly Russian. When AC says here that "there is a certain archaism and hieratic nature in the writing," I think this is in part what he means, though the limited third-person voice never widens to full God-like omniscience.

The novel is based o...more
Chloe
There are books at which we arrive to too soon, books that are forced down our throats by well meaning instructors and friends, books that are passed on with loving grace and books that are clung to relentlessly for years. There are books of which we hear much yet never open and obscure books that catch our eye in a musty booksellers that swiftly become those items with which to cudgel our own friends. There are books that you forget minutes after reading and books that haunt your steps for year...more
AC
An extremely interesting book, brilliantly executed and conceived. It is clear that this is a writer of the first order, though I do not know (I doubt, actually) that the voice is representative of Vargas Llosa's other works.

An historical novel, set at the end of the 19th cen., there is a certain archaism and hieratic nature in the writing which is appropriate to -- and which works, given the topic -- but which can, in the end, be fatiguing.

The book explores a realm of moral ambiguity, and in a...more
Fahad
حرب نهاية العالم

انتبهت إلى أنني في كل مرة أكتب فيها مراجعة لإحدى روايات يوسا، استفتح بالحديث عن فن الرواية وعظمته، هذا ما يفعله بنا يوسا في كل مرة، يأخذنا إلى الأعالي كصقر، ولا يعيدنا إلى الأرض إلا دائخين، نحاول أن نفهم كيف خضنا هذه الرحلة؟ ما هي الأداة التي استخدمها يوسا !! ما هذا الفن؟ كيف لا يجيده إلا القلة؟ ولكني - رغم أن هذه الرواية ذروة يوسا - لن أكتب عن هذا، من يريد أن يقرأ، يمكنه أن يعود إلى مراجعتي لحلم السلتي، ليجد في مقدمتها كلامي حول فن الرواية وقيمته.

ما الذي فعله يوسا في هذه الروا...more
Mikela
I find it very difficult to put into words my thoughts on this book. This is a historical novel based on the peasant revolt that took place in Brazil in the late 19th century when a renegade priest and his followers took over an abandoned estate in Canudos and established a community that refused to recognize the authority of the newly established republic, the old catholic church or civil marriages. Money was outlawed. There could be no taxation, census taking, marriage or ownership of property...more
Abdullah
ملحمة يوسا التي لا أدري لماذا تأخرت ترجمتها العربية حتى هذا العام!
إذا كانت " مئة عام من العزلة " هي مفخرة ماركيز فلا بد أن تكون هذه الرواية هي ما يتباهى بها يوسا. الرواية على مستوى سردي عظيم و محترف لأبعد درجةو ذلك لأن ال 700 صفحة مليئة بالأحداث التي لم تختل في أي فصل و من غير ملل و تمضي الرواية من فم إلى آخر في تقاطع هندسي فظيع. الرواية وضع فيها يوسا كل مخاوفه و فلسفته و خبراته فالرواية بشكل عام تتحدث عن كاهن خارج على الكنيسة يحظى بكثير من الأتباع من كل الفئات الاجتماعية و بما أن الملكية قد غا...more
Adam
Another tale of mayhem, history and the macabre from Vargas Llosa. Whereas Death in the Andes was compared to a Diane Arbus styled portrait the visual artists this book evokes is Heiryonmous Bosch or Breughal. A medieval meets the wild west landscape(turn of the century Brazil) of prophets, bandits, water witches, droughts, a storytelling dwarf, flagellants, miracle healers, madmen, plagues, vultures, rats, a revolutionary phrenologist, pariah dogs, Barons whose time has past, circus freaks, a u...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
The two most prolific killers the world has ever known. No, not Hitler and Stalin. I refer to the twin scourge of mankind: RELIGION and POLITICS.

The RELIGION: a very charismatic, itinerant preacher named the Counselor managed to establish a large following among the poor, the unfortunate, the abnormal and the rejects of society in the 19th century Mexico. He mouths the name of Jesus Christ and preaches the message of hope, forgiveness and salvation for those who believe. They look at the governm...more
ايمان
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Patrizia O

Ma tu la conosci Canudos?



Se la risposta è no, si può subito rimediare leggendo il bellissimo libro di Mario Vargas Llosa. Non fatevi spaventare né dalla mole né, soprattutto, dai caratteri minuscoli dell’Edizione Einaudi. Una volta immersi nella lettura le pagine, dense e corpose, volano e noi con loro nello spazio e nel tempo per raggiungere questo angolo del Nordest del Brasile, diverso dall’iconografia stereotipata di mare, sole e divertimento. Ci ritroviamo alla fine del XIX secolo in un p

...more
mai ahmd
كانودوس ليست قصة إنها شجرة من القصص *

أتسائل بعد كل رواية انتهي منها مالذي يجعل هذا الروائي ناجحا وذلك لا
ولماذا أبحث عن بقية أعمال ذلك الروائي وذلك لا
ومع إنني أكرر السؤال في كل مرة إلا إنني لا أعتقد أن الجواب صعبا
الذكاء الحس والأسلوب والأهم تلك اللحظات العبقرية التي أجدها في عمل ما ولا أجدها في عمل آخر ..

وهذا بالضبط يا فعله يوسا يجمع الكثير من تلك اللحظات العبقرية ويطلقها في آن واحد وهنا بالذات في هذه الرواية ، كما يفعل دائما يمزج خياله السردي بالوثائقي ليمس الوجدان الإنساني ويصبح للقص طعم ال...more
A.J. Howard
The War of the End of the World is, after The Feast of the Goat, only the second the second Mario Vargas Llosa novel I have read. But I still feel mostly secure in saying that Vargas Llosa, more than any other novelist I can think of this side of Tolstoy, has a better and more intuitive grasp of the subtleties of politics. By this, I don't mean such politica machinations as electioneering and how a bill becomes a law. Instead, Vargas Llosa's writing explores the essence of the political relation...more
Alex
Good God, this book is amazing. It has the massive cast and sprawl of War & Peace, and an apocalyptic feel that reminded me of - oh shut up - The Stand. It´s longer than it looks; Llosa has a terse style, so things happen at a rapid clip. It took me longer to read than I thought it would. But not like I was bored! This was one of those cases where I felt anxious as the end of the book neared, bummed out that it was going to be over soon.

It taught me that I need to pick books based on more th...more
Luana
Titolo: La guerra della fine del mondo
Sottotitolo: Di come mi venne la morbosa curiosità di scoprire cosa danno da mangiare agli autori latinoamericani affinché scrivano in maniera così eccellente

Nel caso in cui scienziati, astrofisici, filosofi e quant'altro si stiano ancora interrogando sull'esistenza dell'infinito, oggi vi dichiaro ufficialmente che la sottoscritta me medesima proveniente da un paesino del Nord Sardegna, residente nella bellissima città di Cagliari, ha trovato la risposta...more
Mona
انا روائي مُسمّم بالواقع و متيّم بالتاريخ " يوسا"


رواية تاريخية تستند إلى ثورة الفلاحين التي وقعت في البرازيل في أواخر القرن 19 عندما استولى كاهن " المرشد" على منزل مهجور في مدينة كانودوس وأنشأ مجتمع خاص فيه و سرعان ما انضم اليه فلاحون وعبيد ومشردون وهامشيون،و عصابات حيث قدر عددهم 30 الف وجنّدت الحكومة المركزية أربع حملات عسكرية لقمعها. من هذه الاحداث كتب يوسا روايته بتناوب سردي بين أبطالها ابتداء بالمرشد الذي استطاع ان يضم اليه الطبقة المهمشة و المعزولة من المجتمع ثم يختفي في الفصل الثاني من الر...more
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يصل يوسا لقمة ابداعه بهذه الرواية الضخمة حجما وقيمةً أدبية، قد يفوّت قلبك أحدى النبضات -كما يقول يوسا- وأنت تتابع المعارك الدامية بين عقول العسكريين وقلوب أهالي كانودوس ومرشدهم.

معارك أقل وحشية وأكثر قذارة تدور بين من يرعى مصالح الجمهورية حسب صلاحيته ونظرته للأمور، نظرة ترى في ثورة كانودوس مايخدم الملكية بسذاجة البسطاء، وبين القدح والشفة كثير من المزالق، هذا مايكتشفه قادة الحملات المتكررة على كانودوس.
الايمان العميق للأنصار بمبادئ المرشد لايختلف عن وحشية الآلة العسكرية عند التعامل مع الاعدا...more
Marco Tamborrino
Perché chiamarlo capolavoro è, dopotutto, un insulto bello e buono.

Non so, mi ritrovo qui con questo mattone in mano e continuo a pensarci, ho ancora tutto l'animo scosso e non posso fare a meno di essere, con la mente, a Canudos. Ci sono stato per un mese, con qualche interruzione e qualche giorno in cui volevo starci di meno, ma ci sono stato. E questo alla fine è quello che conta. Anche io ero là. Devo ancora decidere se con tutti o solo con alcuni, devo ancora decidere cosa mi ha lasciato di...more
Mosca
May 17, 2012 Mosca rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mosca by: I stole this book from JSou
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This book is not for everyone. If you are easily offended, or your stomach is weak; you will not like this book.

But, having said that, I can only describe this book as a masterpiece--that is not easily described.

The War of the End of the World is a work of historical fiction, set among particular events that occurred in the very late nineteenth century in northeastern Brazil. Wikipedia provides a simplified background Here. This background is sketchy. But I have fou...more
عمرو  عزازي
التاريخ على امتداده قد يُفسَر بصراع ثوارٍ و ملوك ..

ثوار يحملون مبادئ العدل و المساواة و الحرية ، و ملوك تتمثل فيهم صور الظلم و الاستبداد و القهر ..

قد تجد ثائراً يتحول لصفوف الملوك المترفين ، فما الثورة بالنسبة له إلا ثوب يتدثر به للوصول للسلطة ، و هؤلاء ما أكثرهم! .. و قد تجد أيضا في الملوك ملكاً انحاز للثورة ليُعلي معانيها ، و هؤلاء ما أندرهم!

أهل الثورة غالباً يُؤتَون من قِبل أنفسهم ، فكم من ثورات في التاريخ القديم و الحديث قامت و أحدثت تغيرات لكن سرعان ما فشلت بعد فورة نجاح!

قد يبدأ شرارة الثور...more
فرحان
الأخوة والأخوات قارئي المراجعة يمكنكم تجاوز المراجعة للأطلاع دليل للرواية وهو عبارة عن بعض الصورة التي ستوسع عالمك الخيالي مع هذه الرواية وشكراً.

حينما تطالع العنوان سيتبادر إلى ذهنك رواية من عالم الخيال حيث يصوغ المؤلف قصة تعبر عن نهاية العالم من قبل تراثة الأنساني , ولكن ما يدونه يوسا هي قصة حقيقة ربما تكون الأشهر في تاريخ البرازيل بكونها حرب أهلية.
الرواية عميقة وجميلة ولن تتركك ألا وأن تسبب لك التعب وتستنفذ ما لديك من طاقة قرائية , أعجبني بالرواية سرد يوسا رائع ألا في حالات قليلة وكذلك أعجابي...more
Rosana
Mar 18, 2008 Rosana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: my friend Bob
This is the first book by Mario Vargas Llosa that I read, and I am ashamed that I never attempted to read any of his books before. Of course, as a Brazilian, I may be biased about this book, but I felt totally mesmerized by it. It is an epic telling the story of a peasant revolt on the backlands of Brazil on the late 1900’s. But, against the historical background of factual military maneuvers, political machinations and religious fundamentalism, the characters – both fictional and historical - a...more
Paul Gleason
Vargas Llosa's The War at the End of the World reminds me of the second movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony in its majestic beauty, depth, solemnity, and sense of imposing doom. It's a relentless book - one that's meant to be savored and learned from.

Vargas Llosa's inspiration was the Brazilian government's military campaign to obliterate Canudos, a modern-day utopia. The text is really about the conflict between secularism and religion that developed in Brazil in the nineteenth century. Th...more
Roberto
Una storia accaduta veramente in Brasile alla fine dell’ottocento, in una terra desertica e aspra. Migliaia di contadini, infermi e poveracci incontrano un uomo, detto “Il Consigliere” che ritengono un santo e lo seguono. Insieme costruiscono la città di Canudos che diventa il loro luogo di vita in comune, di speranza e di preghiera. Ma che viene vista come una forma di ribellione sociale dal governo della neonata Repubblica Brasiliana.
Il Consigliere, che è animato da buoni sentimenti e professa...more
Katie
Feb 07, 2007 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of cormac mccarthy and magical realism; anyone interested in latin american history
this book was a total surprise; i picked it up on the street and was blown away. it is a fictionalized narrative of a war that occurred in southern brazil in the late 19th century. an itinerant preacher espousing his own brand of christian faith wanders southern brazil, eventually gathering thousands of followers from the poorest ranks of brazilian society. they settle in a town called canudos, and are branded traitors by a government in conflict looking for scapegoats. this band of starving fan...more
Sandra
Con questo grandioso romanzo epico, Vargas Llosa narra un tragico fatto storico che sconvolse il Brasile di fine Ottocento, la lotta intrapresa dagli abitanti di un dimenticato paese del nord est brasiliano, Canudos, sotto la guida del mistico Antonio il Consigliere, una di quelle figure che nascono solo nell’America del Sud, un predicatore solitario, un misto di fanatismo religioso e utopia politica, nei confronti della neonata Repubblica Brasiliana, negli ultimi anni del secolo diciannovesimo....more
Mashael Alamri
تتحدث الرواية عن ثورة الطبقات الدنيا من المجتمع البرازيلي على الجمهورية الحديثة التي قامت بعد انتهاء الملكيّة.
قديس ثائر على ما تقره الجمهورية الحديثة ويطلق عليها لقب "المسيح الدجال", يسافر ليصلي في الكنائس المتفرقة في البرازيل يتبعه في سفر و ترحال طويل أتباع من المنبوذين والمجرمين التائبين الذين يهيمون خلفه بعد سماع حديثه ومواعظه.
شيء ما في الرواية شدني في البداية أحسست بالملل بشكل كبير لكن بما اسم "ماريو بارغاس" على غلافها كان لابد من المواصلة حتى اندمجت مع أحداثها بشكل أستغربه حتى الآن.
لن أستط...more
Tattered Cover Book Store
Just reissued in a striking new (and slightly cheaper!) paperback edition, this novel took me utterly by surprise. It grabbed me and pushed me down and walked all over me. It gave me a deeper appreciation of what a truly great novelist really is, what he or she can do with any subject or theme he or she happens to choose to write about. It may be the first book about which I thought, with real clarity and certainty, "That was perfect."

As for the plot: an increasingly large group of religious fan...more
lyell bark
i liked the part in llosa's novel where history is a meaningless farce and everyone died
Hadrian
Long sprawling book about war and chaos and survival and independence. Brilliant.
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