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Conversation in the Cathedral

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pbA Haunting tale of power, corruption,br and the complex search for identity/bpbConversation in The Cathedral/b takes place in 1950s Peru during the dictatorship of Manuel A. Odr#237;a. 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 and fru ...more
Paperback, 601 pages
Published November 1st 1984 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 1969)
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Trovato Solo Are confusing dialogues, overlapped. Untidy. Created inside a bar, in Lima, Peru. Probably under influence of alcohol. It should shade your curiosity.…moreAre confusing dialogues, overlapped. Untidy. Created inside a bar, in Lima, Peru. Probably under influence of alcohol. It should shade your curiosity. [...] In the context, is described a general illusion of people losers: a lack of vision of their rights, because of an ineffective government.(less)
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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
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Amir
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
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
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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
خشونت رژ
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Aldo Ramírez
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Agustina
Feb 06, 2017 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
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Emily
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
Marcela Ochoa
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vargas Llosa, hijo de puta, me la volviste a hacer. Creí que ningun libro tuyo podía ser mejor que La Fiesta del Chivo. Y luego... 726 paginas y 3 días sin salir de mi casa. Llore, reí, sufrí, me indigne, me dolió el estomago... Lo que mas me sorprende es su capacidad de contar una historia con tantos saltos de tiempo y tantos personajes; que el inicio sea tan confuso y que luego poco a poco, todo vaya encajando. Definitivamente una obra maestra.
Vit Babenco
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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’
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Ali
Jul 15, 2008 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
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Jim
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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