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Touchstones: Essays on Literature, Art, and Politics

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One of Latin America's most garlanded novelists—and the recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature—Mario Vargas Llosa is also an acute and wide-ranging cultural critic and an acerbic political commentator. Touchstones collects Vargas Llosa's brilliant readings of seminal twentieth-century novels, from Heart of Darkness to The Tin Drum; incisive essays on political and ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published December 1st 2007)
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Farhan Khalid
The fiction of my Bolivian childhood are more vivid in my memory than flesh-and-blood people

Memory is decisive proof

Every writer is firstly a reader

I am a flagrant literary parasite

Everything I have invented as a writer has its roots in lived experience

Influence is a dangerous word

Don Quixote is an attempt to make the myth a reality, to transform fiction into living history

Don Quixote does not change - he repeats himself

What does change are his surroundings, the people around him, and reality it
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Brendan
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic collection of essays, thoroughly engaging from start to finish. This book is worth the price of admission for the Iraq Diary alone, and in general I found myself enjoying the political content much more than I expected to. An excellent companion to Vargas Llosa's fiction.
Bryan Murphy
Aug 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wealth of erudition in clear, flowing prose. This set of short essays will always be worth re-reading.
Lindsey Lang
Mar 03, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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the final book in my surprise group win today! this one my hubby's interested in too so that really works out!
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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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