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Granta 36 by Bill Buford
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Mario Vargas Llosa is one of my favorite writers. Originally from Peru, I think he might live in Paris now. He came to Pittsburgh once to talk. I didn't go. I heard he was harrassed by a political activist. I'm not quite sure why. Maybe because he's a political 'moderate' or 'conservative' or some such. I wonder if the person who berated him has ever read his bks? Most of them are political, most expose dictatorial abuses, & most are sensitive to political radicalism even w/ Llosa not being one himself. Anyway, this Grant publication is about Llosa running for president of Peru. He lost. I wish he'd won. He cdn't've possibly been any worse than what they've already had. & I'm sure that he wd've been better than the more 'radical' Sindira Luminosa. Besides that, though, the bk's pretty lackluster - that might just be better than being sensationally full of promises for a better society. After all, no politician ever keeps such promises - or, if they do, somebody hired by the CIA snuffs them & then puts some genocidal lunatic in their place. Vargas Llosa probably cdn't've pulled it off but he probably wd've tried w/ more integrity than most.

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January 8, 2008 – Shelved
March 17, 2008 – Shelved as: politics

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