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La guerra del fin del mundo

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A finales del siglo XIX, en las tierras paupérrimas del noreste del Brasil, el chispazo de las arengas del Consejero, personaje mesiánico y enigmático, prenderá la insurrección de los desheredados. En circunstancias extremas como aquéllas, la consecución de la dignidad vital sólo podrá venir de la exaltación religiosa -el convencimiento fanático de la elección divina de lo ...more
Paperback, 719 pages
Published December 30th 2006 by Alfaguara (first published 1981)
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José Miguel Hi, I had the same exact problem. However the pace doesn't change that much in my opinion. I mean, there are parts where there is some intensity, but…moreHi, I had the same exact problem. However the pace doesn't change that much in my opinion. I mean, there are parts where there is some intensity, but fewer than I'd like. The story is kind of interesting, but I struggled a bit to finish the book. (less)

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Michael Finocchiaro
This riveting story about a true event in Brasilian history is a page-turner. The story of the surprising rise and inevitable fall of the commune of Canudo out in the middle of the Bahia region is told from several perspectives and using painstaking detail. The scenes of battle are excruciating and incredibly realistic. Once again, Mario Vargas Llosa has delivered a marvelous piece of literature here and one can see why he deserved his Nobel in 2010.

The narrative style is classic Vargas Llosa: d
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Michael Finocchiaro
This riveting story about a true event in Brasilian history is a page-turner. The story of the surprising rise and inevitable fall of the commune of Canudo out in the middle of the Bahia region is told from several perspectives and using painstaking detail. The scenes of battle are excruciating and incredibly realistic. Once again, Mario Vargas Llosa has delivered a marvelous piece of literature here and one can see why he deserved his Nobel in 2010.

The narrative style is classic Vargas Llosa: d
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brian
Sep 12, 2007 brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



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
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Henry Avila
Feb 03, 2015 Henry Avila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That a "mad man", walking from village to village, in the poor northeast of Brazil, in the state of Bahia, during the late 1800's , preaching to the poor, the brotherhood of all, and the end of the world, would cause the deaths of countless people, and shake the very foundation of the new republic ... is unfathomable. Since the abolition of slavery , and the monarchy, less then a decade ago, 1888, 1889, many homeless slaves have nowhere to go, or feel wanted, anywhere, white farm workers no jobs ...more
William1
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
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❁ بــدريــه ❁


حرب نهاية العالم " لماريو بارغاس يوسا "
عبارة عن عدة روايات في رواية واحدة ، لها ثقلها
الملحمي ، في حوالي ٧٠٠ صفحة ..

أول تجربة لي مع يوسا.. و كانت موفقة جدا
لابد أن يوسا قد أطلع على كل تفاصيل تاريخ
البرازيل في نهايات القرن ١٩. و هذا يظهر في
العوالم و تشابكها و شخصيات و صراعتها على
مساحة كبيرة في الأرض و بزمن معين ، إلا أن
يوسا و حبكته كان في منتهى دقة ، من غير أن
تنفلت منك الاحداث ، أو تقع بإلتباسات تخص
كل شخصية أو حتى صفاتها و الاحداث التي
حصلت لها .

سأتطرق إلى شخصية غاليلو غال ، اشتراكي
فوضو
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BlackOxford
Practical Eschatology

At precisely the time that Fyodor Dostoevsky was writing of the Grand Inquisitor and his confrontation with a Jesus returned to the world (1879-80), the events he was fictionalising were playing themselves out in the scrublands of the Brazilian State of Bahia. In fact, the Brazilian drama surpasses Dostoevsky’s plot by including all the celebrities from the original biblical stories. Who says history doesn’t repeat itself?

Mario Vargas Llosa’s The War of the End of the World
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Fabian
Apr 06, 2012 Fabian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hailed as his masterpiece, "War of the End of the World" is... megadense. It churns inside the brain as it desperately tries to make sense of what is inherently senseless. The world of the fanatical Counselor versus the entire republic of Brazil is perhaps one of the most exciting and well-written war novels ever, on the same scale as "Gone with the Wind". There are many flavors here, like in most of his other denser novels, & all of them are exceedingly palatable. There are no "Green House" ...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
Luís C.
Welcome to Canudos!
Perched on the crest of a deformed cactus, a black urubu scrutinizes the pilgrims who are walking painfully towards the entrance of this lost locality of the Brazilian Northeast, an agglomeration that has become the center of attention of the highest authorities in the country.

Remembering "The Land of Carnival" by the late Jorge Amado , here I am back in the Bahian Backlands, this time with a Peruvian guide, Mario Vargas Llosa, and his novel "The War of the End of The World" p
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فهد الفهد
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
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AC
Jul 07, 2013 AC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amir
Jan 20, 2015 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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چرا این کتاب رو خوندم؟
قاعدتا خوندن کتابی با این حجم به یه تصمیم پیشین نیاز داره. اما خوندن این کتاب یه اتفاق بود برام. از سر بازیگوشی و کنجکاوی همیشگیم برای خوندن جملهی اول رمانها «در» کتاب رو باز کردم و خوندم
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بلندبالا بود و چندان تکیده که انگار همیشه نیمرخش را میدیدی. پوستی تیره و اندامی استخوانی داشت، و آتشی هماره در چشمانش میسوخت

شمارو نمیدونم ولی من که با خوندن همین جملات (و با همین ترجمهی عالی که اگر نبود شاید این جملهها هم اینقدر قوت پیدا نمیکرد) صدای شلپ افتادنم رو تو گرداب این کتاب شنیدم
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Jan-Maat
At the end of the nineteenth century a rebellion broke out in the back lands of Bahia, Brazil.

The rebels who are poor people, bandits, people of uncertain ethnicity, former slaves, impoverished settlers, disabled, all inspired by a charismatic religious leader and thoroughly alienated from the new Republic, were inspired by the hope that Dom Sebastian, the Portuguese King who had died in Morocco in the sixteenth century, would like a King Arthur return to rule over them, were eventually utterly
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عبدالله ناصر
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
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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
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
David
Mar 18, 2017 David rated it it was amazing
¡Alabado sea el Buen Jesús!

I made it. I will not lie, I had a war with this book.

It was good. !Verdad! It was hard to read at times. !Muy verdad! 920 páginas en español! Not only one of the biggest books I have ever read, but in Spanish. It is by Mario Vargas Llosa, one of my favourite authors. The language skills are excelente, the characters buenos y malos, and the plot flows como el río.

¡Alabado sea paz.

Pero está guerra. A war. And it was very graphic and hard to take. Countless hordes of d
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Adam
Mar 17, 2008 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
mai ahmd
Oct 31, 2013 mai ahmd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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

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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
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Saye Tafreshi
Aug 17, 2016 Saye Tafreshi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب و جذابي بود تقريبا ٧ روزه تمامش كردم،شروع داستان برام جذاب نبود و به نظرم سخت خوان بود اما بعد از تقريبا ١٠٠ صفحه روند داستان و نگارش كتاب، جذبم كرد
كتاب دائم در حال تغيير زاويه ديد از اول شخص به سوم شخص و دانائي كل بود،همينطور زمان داستان .
زيبايي كتاب در فصل هاي كه يك جريان رو از دو منظر يا ديدگاه تعريف ميكرد خيلي زياد بود
شروع كتاب با معرفي شخصيت هاي داستان بود كه مختصر و كوتاه از گذشته تا به حال را بيان ميكرد ، شخصيت هاي كتاب خيلي زياد و اسامي شبيه هم بود اما محاله كه يادتون بره ،هر كدوم
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Alex
Jan 24, 2011 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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. Its 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 tha
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Luana
Jul 31, 2011 Luana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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ايمان
Oct 11, 2013 ايمان rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ubik 2.0
“Canudos non è una storia, bensì un albero di storie” [il giornalista miope]

Romanzo storico di rara potenza, “La guerra alla fine del mondo” si richiama ad eventi realmente accaduti alla fine dell’800 in una landa semidesertica all’interno dello stato brasiliano di Bahia.

Secondo la minuziosa prefazione italiana al libro, quello che si concentrò in una remota località del sertao non fu che il più rilevante e il più cruento di una serie di episodi di ribellione al potere che in Brasile si manifes
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Bryan Murphy
Jul 28, 2015 Bryan Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel reminds me forcefully of Conor Cruise O'Brien's play "Murderous Angels" about men in thrall to conflicting ideals that lead them to disaster. O'Brien's play was written in the 1960s and set in the 1960s. Vargas Llosa wrote his novel at the turn of the millennium but set it in the 1890s. The ideals that O’Brien focused on (the "Murderous Angels" in people’s heads) thus seem more contemporary: freedom and peace, whereas Vargas Llosa sets religious fundamentalism against nationalism, ide ...more
Mona
Oct 11, 2013 Mona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sam
Sep 26, 2015 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of a doomed catholic uprising in the sertao in 19th century NE Brazil. Flocking to the town of Canudos, drawn by the magnetism of the ascetic wandering figure known as the Counselor, a mishmash of freaks, murderers, bandits, mystics, communists and otherwise downtrodden masess begin an uprising against the newly formed Brazilian republic. Fearing the republics secular posture, the religious fanatics call for a return of the monarchy and prepare for the inevitable confrontation with the ...more
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Mario Vargas Llosa, born in Peru in 1936, is the author of some of the most significant writing to come out of South America in the past fifty years. His novels include The Green House, about a brothel in a Peruvian town that brings together the innocent and the corrupt; The Feast of the Goat, a vivid re-creation of the Dominican Republic during the final days of General Rafael Trujillo’s insidiou ...more
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