Vargas Llosa's Fiction & the Demons of Politics

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P. Lang, 2002 - 314 pagine
Much praised as a writer, but highly controversial as political commentator, Mario Vargas Llosa_s fiction is often regarded as reflecting his notorious political development, from a left-wing to a (neo)-liberal position. This study makes a critical evaluation of the interrelations within his fictional and non-fictional work from the 1960s to the present day, revealing a surprising continuity in his fictional creation and in his ideas about literature. Politics being one of the most persistent «demons» which, according to his theory, provoke his creativity, the book offers a detailed reading of three political novels from different periods of his writing career. Conversación en la catedral (1969), La guerra del fin del mundo (1981), and La fiesta del Chivo (2000) are analysed in relation to his works of literary theory, political commentary, memoirs, and other fictional texts. Despite considerable shifts in political and literary matters, Vargas Llosa_s writings show a continuous and unchanged concern for two interrelated issues: the impact of political problems such as authoritarianism, corruption, ideology, and violence on the individual, and the question of literature and the role of writers and intellectuals in society.

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Informazioni sull'autore (2002)

The Author: Sabine Köllmann studied French, Spanish and History at the universities of Düsseldorf and Köln. In 1995, she received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the university of Zürich (Switzerland). She has published Literatur und Politik _ Mario Vargas Llosa (1996), as well as articles and reviews on the Peruvian novelist.

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