The War of the End of the World
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.
A modern tragedy on the grand scale ... As dark as spilled blood.
An extraordinary achievement.
A vast, fantastic, thunderous novel.
Remarkable ... thrilling to read.
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.
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.
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