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Conversation in the Cathedral

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  4,683 Ratings  ·  342 Reviews
A Haunting tale of power, corruption, and the complex search for identity, Conversation in The Cathedral takes place in 1950s Peru during the dictatorship of Manuel Apolinario Odría Amoretti. Over beers and a sea of freely spoken words, the conversation flows between two individuals, Santiago and Ambrosia, who talk of their tormented lives and of the overall degradation an ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Harper Perennial (first published 1969)
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Michael Finocchiaro
Mario Vargas Llosa's third book is a marvelously terrorising romp through Peru of the 50s and 60s and yet all told in a bar called La Cathedral in the space of a few hours over a couple of beers and several packets of cigarettes. The narration of the first chapter is particularly confusing with each sentence being associated with a different narrator and timeline with sometimes no contextual help as to where they fit. And yet, the reader is carried along on these rapidly moving words as on a whi ...more
Roozbeh Estifaee
Fantastic! Fan-tastic! "Conversation in the Cathedral" was definitely a big work of art, a real masterpiece. It was the first book by Llosa that I read (after a suggestion by my friend, Moeen) and I'm now eager to read some more of his. It was none of a magic realism but yet a pure South-American way of story telling, with so many "stories" happening.
The book starts when Santiago Zavala, journalist, meets with his rich father's former chauffeur, Ambrosio, and they go to the bar "Cathedral" to ha
Jun 23, 2015 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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از درگاه لاکرونیکا سانتیاگو بی هیچ عشق به خیابان تاکنا مینگرد: اتومبیلها، ساختمانهای ناموزون و رنگباخته، چارچوب پر زرق و برگ پوسترها شناور در مه، نیمروز خاکستری. دقیقا در کدام لحظه پرو [تو بخوان امریکای لاتین] خود را به گا... داده بود؟

رمان اینطور شروع میشه. مرور رو همینجا میشد تموم کرد

یوسا، کالبدشکاف دیکتاتوری

رمان گفتگو در کاتدرال حکایت سالهای دیکتاتوری ژنرال اودریا در سالهای دههی چهل و پنجاه پرو هست. سالهایی که تارهای دیکتاتوری تا مغز استخوان جامعه تنیده شده... خودش توی مصاحبهای گفته
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Aldo Ramírez
Jul 08, 2013 Aldo Ramírez rated it it was amazing
This is the best novel I’ve read in my 45 years of life. It is probably due to the fact that being Peruvian makes me feel deeply identified in it. I see it as a huge painting about the mentality and feelings of people in Peru and why not of people in many other countries in Latin America and probably around the world since the search of absolute power inevitably leads to corruption everywhere.
This is a huge painting and indeed the most memorable intent to reach a “Total Novel” that I witnessed.
Mar 08, 2011 Emily added it
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I must admit that I got off to a rocky start with Mario Vargas Llosa's Conversation in the Cathedral: after a dachshund is brutally clubbed to death in Chapter One* and a woman gets drugged and sexually assaulted in Chapter Two (by, moreover, sympathetic characters who don't ever seem quite to grasp the offensiveness of their actions), I was feeling a mite unfriendly toward the novel. By Chapter Three, though, I was reluctantly softening my stance, and by Chapter Four I was fully immersed in Var ...more
Feb 06, 2017 Agustina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned, 2017
No sé que decir de este libro, no soy muy buena haciendo reseñas, y menos cuando los libros son tan buenos como éste que acabo de terminar. Vargas Llosa: sos un maldito genio y ahora quiero leer todos tus libros.

La historia comienza cuando Santiago va a buscar a su perro a la perrera, y allí se encuentra con Ambrosio, un viejo conocido que había sido chofer de su padre. Ambos van a un bar llamado La Catedral y, entre trago y trago, desentierran las historias vividas. Historias de vida marcadas p
Jul 15, 2008 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
برخی از منتقدان این کتاب را برجسته ترین اثر یوسا میدانند.در این کتاب دو چیز بیش از هر چیز دیگر توجه خواننده را جلب میکند نخست وسعت دامنه ان و در بر گرفتن رویداد ها و شخصیت های متعدد است و دیگری ساختار پیچیده اش.زمینه کار یوسا در این رمان همچون اثار دیگرش بخشی از تاریخ معاصر پرو است که از دوران دیکتاتوری ژنرال اودریا (1948-56) تاحک.مت ویکتور بلائونده در اوایل 1960 را در برمیگیرد.
یوسا به جای آن که شخصیت دیکتاتور را محور اصلی داستان قرار دهد سراپای جامعه دیکتاتور زده را می کاود.جامعه ای که در آن هم
Dec 01, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, peru
If Mario Vargas Llosa, had never written anything else, Conversation in the Cathedral would by rights earn him the Nobel Prize for Literature. It is a hefty novel (600 pages or so), but it is worth spending the time reading.

The novel is set during the dictatorship of Manuel Odria (1948-1956). The major characters are Santiago Zavala, nicknamed Zavalita, and Ambrosio Pardo. The first is the eldest scion of a rich family that is well tied in with the dictator; the second, a black former chauffeur
Vit Babenco
Apr 16, 2013 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing
Conversation in the Cathedral is a story of decline and fall – deterioration of family, ultimate ruination of hopes and pursuits.
“The voice, the body are his, but he looks thirty years older. The same thin lips, the same flat nose, the same kinky hair. But now, in addition, there are purple bags on his eyelids, wrinkles on his neck, a greenish-yellow crust on his horse teeth. He thinks: they used to be so white. What a change, what a ruin of a man. He’s thinner, dirtier, so much older, but that’
May 27, 2010 Ava rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

خواب چیز ِ خوبی ِ ، ولی خطرناک می شه اگر ندونی کی وقتش رسیده که بکنی ازش . ادامه اش یعنی ریاکاری و فریب. ادامه اش یعنی کابوس. یعنی درست روزی که راه می افتی به جایی بری. از میون آدم ها و خیابون های ِ آشنا می گذری. سر ِ چهار راه می ایستی . فکر می کنی. فکر می کنی که درست کی بود اون زمانی که خودت رو به گا دادی. و بعد از این بیداری دیگه چه معنایی با خودش داره؟ کابوس اومده و با تو ِ . همراه ات. و می دونی که حق داره.
بگرد دنبال ِ خودت اون جایی که وادادی. بگرد دنبال اون هیچی که تا این جا دنبالت دویده و
Mar 26, 2007 Ali rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-ones, novels
When ever I come to names such as “Liosa”, “Borges”, “Cortazar”, “Fuentes”... I wish I knew Spanish language, as I’m sure works by these authors would have a different aroma and melody in their own tongues. Liosa is, for me, one of the greatest story tellers, whose works give me deliciousness in Persian as well, (if it’s translated by Abdollah Kowsari, for example). Mario Bargas Liosa uses a highly sophisticated techniques with a very delicate language in multiple viewpoint, as if I’m listening ...more
Saye Tafreshi
Nov 29, 2016 Saye Tafreshi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
خيلي خوب بود
كتاب خيلي پيچ در پيچ و خيلي شخصيت داره
نميشه گفت شخصيت اصلي زاواليتا هستش يا دن فرمين
داستان ي خط مستقيم نيست دائم در حال تغيير زمانه
دائم فلش بك به گذشته داره
جالبه !تو اين كتاب اصن نويسنده در مورد زمان حال حرف نميزنه
فقط گذشته وگذشته گذشته
گفتگو در يك كافه شروع ميشه و تمام اين ٧٠٠ صفحه بين دو نفره كه بعد از مدتي همديگه رو ديدن و دارند با هم صحبت ميكنند،تا ١٠٠ صفحه اول گيج گيج فقط كتاب و خوندم تا روند داستان و شخصيت ها دستم اومد
تو ٢٠ صفحه آخر دوباره برگشتم تو همان كافه و گفتگو بين اين د
Jan 26, 2011 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've started this book several times before and have never been able to get very far. But this time I slowly got myself into its rhythm and enjoyed it. It certainly does have a lot to say about the search for personal identity in a corrupt world under a corrupt government which oppresses every attempt to proclaim a personal identity. In this case it's Peru in the 1950's, but one gets the sense that it could be aywhere, anytime. It's a masterwork of character development and, indeed, an example o ...more
Luís C.
Sep 06, 2014 Luís C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With dogmatists or clever, the Peru will always screwed - Carlitos said. This country started badly and end badly. Like us, Zavalita.

Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa
Jun 09, 2013 Hossein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hossein by: محفل رمان خوانی
یکی از بهترین کتابهایی که خونده م. گفتگوهای لایه ای که درست در جایی که داری کلافه میشوی بهت نشانه خوب می دهند و براحتی تو را تا آخر کتاب می کشانند.
این ها را درباره کتاب در محفل کتابخوانی نوشته بودم

کتاب خیلی خشن شروع می شود. فضای کثیف و فضای سگی شهر را می توانی بخوبی حس کنی. روزنامه نگاری که بعدن می فهمی که می توانسته یک مرفه نشین باشد گفتگویی را آغاز می کند با راننده و خدمتکارشان که این روزها برای کمی پول سگ ها را داخل گونی با چند ضربه چوب می کشد. و جالب اینجاست که این گفتگو را چقدر دوست می دار
Aug 24, 2012 Diego rated it liked it
Mi relación con este libro ha sido de amor-odio, a ratos embaucándome con los relatos del joven Zavalita y sus aventuras en la disidencia política del régimen Odriísta y a ratos sumergiéndome en el más profundo letargo de las hisorietas paralelas de Amalia, Trinidad, Trifulcio y el conchesumadre de turno. Me ha faltado el canto de un duro para sacar papel y boli y hacerme un croquis temporo-espacial de los personajes porque que nadie se equivoque, aquí el narrador no aclara nada, ¡no pardiez! qu ...more
Maricarmen Estrada M
Terminé la lectura de mi regordete ladrillo. Qué buena novela! Qué bien escrita! Detesté a muchos personajes, pero eso sólo lo puede hacer un gran escritor que logra envolverte irresistiblemente en su historia y despertar esa emotividad.
Son los años 60, en Lima, durante la dictadura de Odría. Aclaro esto, porque bien podría ser cualquier otro dictador latinoamericano, en alguno de nuestros países que han vivido esta experiencia política y social. Los atropellos, la manipulación de las "masas" a
Aug 28, 2008 Dave rated it liked it
I started this book in 1988 (when I had more time). I gave up.

I picked it up again in 2008. I'm not sure I'm happy with that decision.

I read a fair amount, and I read some reviews. I don't know if I've ever read a novel where I felt that reviewers were so systematically full of shit. Further, I've plugged people for their ideas about this novel, and found their opinions sorely lacking. I think a lot of them faked it. I didn't. Here's what I think.

Yes, there is a set of interesting storylines her
La conversación entre Zabalita y el zambo Ambrosio en un bar de mala muerte llamado La Catedral es el argumento de esta novela. La novela es el fondo de ese diálogo, lo que emerge en ese encuentro. A partir de esta premisa cuesta prever que se viene en esas 736 páginas.

Desde el punto de vista de su estructura, es perfecta. Vargas Llosa va narrando y intercalando no solo distintos personajes, sino que tiempos. Saltando de personajes y situaciones incluso en un mismo párrafo. Claramente en un pri
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از بهترین کتاب های یوسا. داستان بصورت گفتگوهای دو نفره بین شخصیت های مختلف در زمان های مختلف روایت میشه. خود داستان بسیار پرکششه و طبق سیاق مخصوص یوسا مساله کم کم روشن میشه. اگر بتونید چاپ قدیمی حوالی سال هفتادش رو پیدا کنید بهتره. چون بسیار سانسور شده.
Ruben Malvaez
May 28, 2014 Ruben Malvaez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ninguna otra novela me ha dado tanto trabajo; por eso, si tuviera que salvar del fuego una sola de las que he escrito, salvaría ésta". MVL '98.
La mejor obra que he leído - y muy posiblemente que leeré -. No hay más.
Feb 05, 2017 Matias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cómo vas a escribir una novela como esta, Mario, qué barbaridad.
No seas pendejo metiste un país completo en 700 páginas. Nuestro Perú.

Algunos pueden cuestionar, pueden decir ese webon es puro floro, todo ficción, efectismo, pero yo te creo Mario, yo te creo. Putamadre cómo no te voy a creer si reconozco a mis tíos en la novela, reconozco a mis amigos, reconozco a mis padres. Y haciendo cosas horribles, Mario, siendo horribles los reconozco, siendo mezquinos y cagándola, siendo víctimas de su pro

Mario Vargas Llosa didn't make it easy. I read chapters 2 (rather disturbing) and 3 three times. I finally got my bearings by reading another reviewer's review.

It doesn't take long to figure out the Cathedral is a bar, but figuring out that Santiago Zavilita (also called Skinny by his family) and Ambrosio are the speakers takes a bit longer. Longer yet is the placing the other characters and getting used to the format. The best way to envision the conversation is thinking of a movie with the par
Jul 02, 2012 David rated it really liked it
This is a big, well-structured book that reflects the 1950's of Vargas Llosa's native Peru. The title actually refers to a conversation betweean two main characters, Santiago and Ambosio and how their lives are intertwined in the power and politics of the day. Santiago, son a of a powerful family throws everything away to become a journalist. His stance stirs up issues in his family while, Ambrosio is a dark-skinned poor man who works as a driver for two rival men. Stir in the dictatorship, poli ...more
John Gurney
Jan 06, 2015 John Gurney rated it it was amazing
A chance encounter at a dog pound brings two former acquaintances together. They go to a bar called the Cathedral where Santiago, son of a once rich and powerful government minister, and Ambrosio, his father's former chauffeur, talk. Santiago wants to know what role his father had in the murder of his former mistress, a one-time Lima showgirl with shadowy connections. This 1969 book is rightly famous because, though the flashback Point-of-View narrative style takes some getting used to, it is a ...more
Ali Nazifpour
Oct 20, 2014 Ali Nazifpour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This books follows a conversation in a bar called Cathedral. The conversation spans entire history of Peru as narrated by people who are engaged in politics, love, and paternal relationships. All of these narrations are interwoven, and sometimes the dialogues of different eras are woven together, but ultimately this is not a pretentious form of narration but makes the novel great because it emphasizes the inner relationship of past and present and the lives of different people. This novel could ...more
Victoria Kellaway
May 13, 2016 Victoria Kellaway rated it it was amazing
I wish Goodreads allowed you to give a book six stars. This is the best novel I have read in years. It required a bit of concentration at first but once I realised what was happening (the clue is in the title) I was hooked. It took a while to read but that was only because it was so rich, I didn't want to miss a thing. By the end I was flying through faster than I would have liked. Conversation in The Cathedral is a book about life, as the best books always are, told in the way life is told. Hal ...more
Jul 20, 2011 Ivana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that changed the world, and it continues to do so. At first, I was concerned; I kept hearing just how difficult it is to read. To a certain extent, it was challenging because one sentence intertwines people, decades, events....but even so, once you get the "hang" of the narrative, you can't put it down. I think Mario Vargas Llosa achieved the something I believed wasn't possible- to summarize an entire history of Peruvian (and Latin American in general)society, its problems, turbulent pas ...more
Mehdi khani
May 17, 2010 Mehdi khani rated it it was amazing
بعید می دانم که پس از صد سال تنهایی رمانی زیباتر از این در ادبیات آمریکای لاتین نوشته شده باشد.
سانتیاگو می گوید:بهترین چیز برای آدم همین است ،آمبرسیو،اعتقاد داشتن به حرفی که می زند و دوست داشتن کاری که می کند
جزم اندیش یا متفکر کلک پرو همیشه کنده است،این مملکت بدجوری شروع کرده و بدجوری هم تمام می کند.درست مثل ما ،زاوالیتا
Ahmad Sharabiani
Jul 11, 2008 Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, literature
Conversación en La Catedral = Conversation in the Cathedral, Mario Vargas Llosa
عنوان: گفتگو در کاتدرال؛ نوشته: ماریو وارگاس(بارگاس) یوسا؛ مترجم: عبدالله کوثری؛ مشخصات نشر: مشهد، نشر نما، چاپ نخست 1370، در دو جلد، چاپ دوم، تهران، لوح فکر، 1384 در 704 ص، فروست: شاهکارهای ادبیات جهان، شابک: 9648578052؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان پرویی قرن 20 م
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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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