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The War of the End of the World is one of the great modern historical novels. Inspired by a real episode in Brazilian history, Mario Vargas Llosa tells the unforgettable story of an apocalyptic movement, led by a mysterious prophet, in which prostitutes, beggars and bandits establish Canudos, a new republic, a libertarian paradise.

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Published 1986 by Faber Faber Inc (first published 1981)
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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
Ahmad Sharabiani
La guerra del fin del mundo = The war of the end of the world, Mario Vargas Llosa
The War of the End of the World is one of the great modern historical novels. Inspired by a real episode in Brazilian history, Mario Vargas Llosa tells the unforgettable story of an apocalyptic movement, led by a mysterious prophet, in which prostitutes, beggars and bandits establish Canudos, a new republic, a libertarian paradise. The War of the End of the World is a 1981 novel written by Peruvian novelist Ma
Sep 12, 2007 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 history of
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 Var
Henry Avila
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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 on the Canudos
Jan 20, 2015 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
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 شن/>بلندبالا
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" pub
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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 الذ
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

حرب نهاية العالم …..ماريو بارغاس يوسا

إنكم على حالكم لإنه ليس لديكم ما تأكلونه،ليس لديكم أطباء أو دواء، و لان لا أحد يرعاكم ، ولإنكم فقراء.
إن علتكم ليست وجوهكم الكالحة التي بها بقايا مرض الجدري، بل علتكم تسمى الظلم، و أساءة المعاملةو الاستغلال، لا تستسلموا يا أخواني، من أعماق شقائكم ثوروا.

ماريو بارغاس يوسا :واحد من أهم الروائيين في العالم وأكثرهم تطورًا،وأحد أهم عشرة كتاب فازوا بجائزة نوبل،وليس بغريب أن نقول عنه أنه آخر من فاز بها من العظماء،وأحد أهم خمس كتاب لاتين،
Eirini Proikaki
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Όταν ξεκίνησα να το διαβάζω δεν είχα καταλάβει οτι πρόκειται για ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα και δεν είχα ξανακούσει ποτέ για το Κανούδος της Βραζιλίας.Ήταν μια εντελώς άγνωστη σε μένα ιστορία και στην αρχή το διάβαζα λίγο αδιάφορα αλλά πολύ γρήγορα με τράβηξε μέσα της και βρέθηκα να ψάχνω πληροφορίες και φωτογραφίες στο google.
Ένας "μεσσίας"-φανατικός περιφέρεται για χρόνια στην φτωχή και άνυδρη περιοχή του Σερτάο μαζεύοντας σιγά σιγά γύρω του κάθε καρυδιάς καρύδι ,απο φτωχούς που δεν έχουν στον
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ملحمة هي، بأحداثها، بشخوصها، بلغتها وبعمقها التاريخي.

ملحمة هي، بأبطالها، بحروبها، بانتصاراتها الساحقة وهزائمها المؤلمة.

تحفة أدبية، بخيالها، بواقعيتها، بإسقاطاتها بإنصافها وتجردها.

ماذا لو انبرى واعظ ديني في زمن تعمّه الفوضى فأعار أسماعه للمهضومين، وأهداهم عصارة حكمته وأشعل فيهم جذوة الإيمان؟

ماذا لو استقطبت تلك الدعوة سواداً عظيماً من البائسين واليائسين، من عتاة المجرمين وجهابذة التجار ورجال الدين اللذين لا يملكون شيئاً ليخسرونه، ومايريدون إلا الحياة
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
Maziar MHK
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
حرف آخر را اول بگویم، "ایران خودرو" شعاری داشت بدین مضمون که "راه ، تو را می خواند"، باید بگویم که یوسا و جنگ آخرزمان تو را میخواند
!گودریدزی یِ عزیز

یوسا، نویسنده ی پرویی، یکبار نوبل گرفته، استحقاق بار دومش را هم دارد
چه بگویم از عطشم به خواندن مابقی این داستانِ 900 صفحه ای وقتی کتاب را زمین میگذاشتم و البته همزمان در هوایِ خریدِ رمان هایِ دیگرش بودم

داستانِ حاضر با دستی به دامنِ استنادِ تاریخی و دستی به آسمانِ خیال نویسنده، شورشی از پابرهنگان و م
Jul 07, 2013 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 ambigui
Saye Tafreshi
Aug 17, 2016 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 ،ه
mai ahmd
Oct 31, 2013 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
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این کلمه وطن یک روز از بین میرود. آن وقت مردم به پشت سرشان، به ما نگاه میکنند که خودمان را توی مرزها حبس کرده بودیم و سر چند تا خط روی نقشه همدیگر را میکشتیم، بعد میگویند: اینها عجب احمقهایی بودهاند

در سالهای پایانی قرن 19 ،چند سال پس از سقوط سلطنت و روی کار آمدن دولت جمهوری در برزیل، انبوهی از افراد به سرکردگی مبلغی مسیحی به نام آنتونیو کونسولیرو ماسییل ملقب به مرشد، شهر کانودوس را در سرزمینهای دورافتادهی برزیلی باهیا تسخیر و آن روستا را استانی مستقل اعلام میکنند. مرشد از نزدیک بودن آخرزم
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 eventua
¡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 tak
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 mani
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
My second outing with the brilliant Mario Vargas Llosa and it’s been another lesson in the dark side of history. I started with The Feast of the Goat , which documented the last days of Rafael Trujillo and now I have worked my way through the extremely dense The War of the End of the World, which felt like 800 pages instead of the 568 pages it actually was.

This time the recounting was of The War of Canudos, which took place in late 1800’s Brazil, a subject I would rather have learned about during G
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 relationship betwe ...more
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
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
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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

Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Con questo grandioso romanzo epico, Vargas Llosa narra un tragico fatto storico che sconvolse il Brasile di fine Ottocento, la lotta intrapresa dagli abitanti di un dimenticato paese del nord est brasiliano, Canudos, sotto la guida del mistico Antonio il Consigliere, una di quelle figure che nascono solo nell’America del Sud, un predicatore solitario, un misto di fanatismo religioso e utopia politica, nei confronti della neonata Repubblica Brasiliana, negli ultimi anni del secolo diciannovesimo. ...more
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