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The War of the End of the World

Mario Vargas Llosa

The War of the End of the World is a classic Mario Vargas Llosa novel, based on real events in Brazilian history.

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‘A modern tragedy on the grand scale.’ Salman Rushdie

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 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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A modern tragedy on the grand scale ... As dark as spilled blood.

Salman Rushdie
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An extraordinary achievement.

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A vast, fantastic, thunderous novel.

The Times
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Remarkable ... thrilling to read.

Sunday Times
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Scarcely one of Vargas Llosa's pages fails to grab and fascinate ... Above all Vargas Llosa captures the confusion of battle and the dizzy incomprehension of those involved.

Sunday Telegraph
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Powerful and haunting ... Vargas Llosa's work is of such scope, his handling of the big questions so confident and intellectually exciting, that one hesitates to fault him.

New York Times
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Mario Vargas Llosa was born in Peru in 1936. He is the author of some of the last half-century’s most important novels, including The War of the End of the World, The Feast of the Goat, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter and Conversation in the Cathedral. In 2010 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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