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The Language of Passion: Selected Commentary

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Internationally acclaimed novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has contributed a biweekly column to Spain's major newspaper, El País, since 1977. In this collection of columns from the 1990s, Vargas Llosa weighs in on the burning questions of the last decade, including the travails of Latin American democracy, the role of religion in civic life, and the future of globalization. But ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Picador (first published 2000)
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Oct 10, 2010 Rafael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahora que le dieron el Nobel a Vargas Llosa me vinieron a la memoria, mis encuentros con su obra. Estaba en la prepa, cuando el maestro de literatura nos habló de “La Casa Verde” y de “La Ciudad y los Perros”, libros escritos por un autor peruano, del que no había yo oído hablar antes. Era la época del boom de 100 años de soledad y de García Marquez. Me enteré así que existía Mario Vargas Llosa, aunque nunca leí ninguno de los dos libros.
Me gustaban los cuentos de Borges (no Borgues, un autor al
Jan 16, 2017 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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THE LANGUAGE OF PASSION. (pub. 2000). Mario Vargas Llosa. ****1/2.
Vargas Llosa has been a long-time contributor to Spain’s major newspaper, El Pais. This book collects many of his columns from the 1990s, where he managed to speak out for or against a variety of topics. His subjects here are wide-ranging, from international politics to personal concerns about religion and current culture. His comments are always right on the mark, and he shows that he has thought deeply about each topic. I found
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Mar 11, 2014 John Gurney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection of Mario Vargas Llosa "El Pais" newspaper columns is fascinating and vibrantly written, written with passion. His commentaries are wide-ranging, as he is Peruvian by birth, but lived in Spain, England, France and Germany, and traveled widely.

These columns intrigue the reader because many are based on specific visits, be it Bob Marley's Jamaican hometown, the divided West Bank, Nelson Mandela's cell on Robben Island, Rio's Carnival, Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul, and many small, but in
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Oct 05, 2013 Nitaa Eapen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent collection of articles, taken from a bi-weekly column in El Pais, by Mario Vargas Llosa, who truly is a literary genius. A great read for anyone wanting to gain further insight into the issues faced by Latin America in the 60s onwards, as well as a broad range of other topics.
May 10, 2013 Mariana marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 02, 2008 Jennifer marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sarah cegalis, jacquie cotreau, todd heller
Collection of Llosa's commentary on the turbulance of Latin America and other global issues over the past three decades in his biweekly column to Spain's El Pais.
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Mar 29, 2013 Ani Hao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing collection of essays. There is so much truth in them, and they are on a diverse range of subjects from abortion to Barcelona in the 60s. Various Llosa is truly a genius.
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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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