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Sabers and Utopias: Visions of Latin America: Essays

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A landmark collection of essays on the Nobel laureate's conception of Latin America, past, present, and future

Throughout his career, the Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa has grappled with the concept of Latin America on a global stage. Examining liberal claims and searching for cohesion, he continuously weighs the reality of the continent against the image it projects
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Hardcover, 273 pages
Published 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2009)
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Alex.Rosetti
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Avem “manifestul de credință” al lui Vargas Llosa în democrație, el devenind un militant activ în direcția apărării și promovării acestui regim politic, în pofida simpatiilor socialiste din tinerețe.
Ni se prezintă cu multă acuratețe algoritmul prin care "dictatura a putut reveni", după o perioadă mai lungă sau mai scurtă, în multe țări din America Latină.
De remarcat similitudinile cu zona în care trăim, în pofida distanței și diferențelor culturale.
Așadar, să o luăm metodic:
Avem o populație săr
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Megan Mcdowell
There is a romanticized image of the quixotic Latin American revolutionary who places the ideals of equality and freedom above all else, willing (even eager) to fight and die at the hands of their capitalist enemies. Everything justified by the cause, zero tolerance of abuse, the class war must be armed and fought in the streets. This revolutionary, argues Mario Vargas Llosa in various ways throughout Sables y utopias, is as dangerous as its antithesis, the corrupt military dictator; it is a sta ...more
Roberto Macias
El libro proporciona tanto una imagen de la biografía ideológica de Vargas Llosa como una narrativa de la historia y desilusiones de América Latina de la segunda mitad del siglo XX a nuestros días. El sueño de la Revolución de Cuba, la "dictadura perfecta" del PRI en México, la dictadura de Fujimori, el terrorismo del Sendero Luminoso, el boom publicitario de las revoluciones con el EZLN bajo el subcomandante Marcos, etc, etc.
Es sumamente refrescante leer al autor critcar la vista de los europeo
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Robert Boyd
There are a lot of political articles here, and Vargas Llosa is kind of boring on politics. He views everything through a libertarian lens, which is tedious. He's always against illiberal tendencies and dictators, which is fine (if uncontroversial), but he rarely has original insights. He is no Euclides da Cunha, athough da Cunha inspired his greatest novel, The War of the End of the World. He does try to be a da Cunha or and Octavio Paz and make a general theory of Latin American unreality, but ...more
John Gurney
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es un colección muy interesante de ensayos de Mario Vargas Llosa, cubierto muchas materias, incluyen politicias, cultura, y las artes. Me gustan las criticas originales de Mario Vargas Llosa de las grandes nombres de art Latin America, como Frida Kahlo, Octavio Paz, Julio Cortazar, Carbrera Infante, Borges, y otros. Es un regalo que tiene su critica original 1969 de Cien Anos de Solitud por Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Tambien, son muchos ensayos de politicias. Revolucciones en Colombia, Ni
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Ivana
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó mucho. Este libro ayuda a uno, que no es hispano, a entender mejor la política y los problemas de la América Latina. Mario Vargas Llosa ofrece una análisis profunda de los tiempos pasados y corrientes, conectando países, problemas y ofreciendo conclusiones hacia una salida de subdesarrollo que contagió la mayoría de la America Latina.
Sarai
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
sumamente interesante
Ricardo Munguia
Revisando este libro que tenía medio olvidado me percaté de que ya lo había leído y nunca lo había actualizado, tal vez por qué no lo leí en una sentada si no a lo largo del tiempo, tomando uno que otro capítulo y dejándolo, o por qué varias de las notas las leí en otros libros o en archivos de internet (la mayoría son del diario español "El País", de su columna "Piedra de toque") y dado que el autor de algún tiempo para acá ha saltado de nuevo como figura pública y líder de opinión (independien ...more
Scott Martin
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Read for Read Harder Challenge: An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America, An epistolary novel or collection of letters)

This book is a collection of essays where a noted Peruvian author, Mario Vargas Llosa, over the span of several decades, offers his insights in various actions and personalities within Latin America. In addition to his native Peru, he writes about activities throughout Latin America, covering the Somoza/Sandinistas in Nicaragua all the way to the drug wars in Mexico.
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Hotspur
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned a fair amount from this, as I have no read a great deal on South American/Central American politics in some time. His writing is clear, as is his dedication to his old time liberalism. I was left with a good understanding of corruption in Latin America, as well as a better understanding of the nationalist caudillo savior of the left-wing variety, who is nothing more than a selfish ego-maniacal tyrant, bent on retaining power and enriching himself. However, I dont think his defense of n ...more
John
I enjoy Vargas Llosa’s essays. This collection brings together his political thought: rule of law and freedom; literature: pretty much exclusively Latin American. Most of the essays are short and decry the political miscreants and caudillos of Latin America. Others praise the writers, artists, and young idealists for standing up to tyranny.

The longer essays, which I think were talks given by him I found interesting and profound: “Dreams and Realities in Latin America” and “Fifty Years of the Lat
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Dianedel
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MVL is interesting in that he appears to be able to separate politics and government from fiction, noting that poetic metaphors should be kept out of politics and stay where they belong. This collection of his OpEds from the last 30 years provides a good primer on Latin American politics for those who follow such from outside of Latin America. The consistent theme throughout the book is his frustration for Latin Americans' weaknesses for demagogues and phantom utopias. Great way to get 'executiv ...more
Luis Duque
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente compilación de artículos, reportes, cartas y pensamientos de Vargas Llosa, cada artículo te deja una enseñanza y análisis de la situación historia de América Latina y su último capítulo arte y literatura latinoamericana es muy instructivo.
Debbie
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mix of short articles about Latin America and politics.
Felipe Takehara
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
É a visão de mundo de um Liberal em quem me espelho. Preocupado com as pessoas, prudente, e sóbrio de ilusões. Ainda não li sua obra literária.
Scott
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of it provides a good overview of recent latin american history.
Alaina
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This read a lot like a text book. I really enjoyed learning more about these countries, but after each essay needed a break.
David
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First I would like to thank John, my Goodreads friend for recommending this book, coupled with his excellent recent review.

Just finished reading "Sables y utopías" by Mario Vargas Llosa and just felt like I completed an advanced course on Latin America and just waiting for the exam. Not that I am complaining. Reading Vargas Llosa is always a treat, so full of anectdotes, insights and a few jokes, to boot. This is a very dense book comprising of a multitude of essays spanning some 40 years and co
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Rubens Mazzini
Um livro essencial para quem quer entender a América Latina. Os ensaios mostram como evolui o pensamento do grande escritor ao longos dos anos, desde 1960 até a atualidade, em sua capacidade de captar e entender profundamente os acontecimentos e escrever sobre eles com propriedade e didatismo. Foi o primeiro intelectual a se dar conta e a denunciar a farsa da revolução cubana, com a qual chegou a flertar nos primeiros anos. No livro ele descreve como foi o processo de desencanto com a utopia cub ...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