Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society
The searing essay collection by the Nobel Prize-winning Peruvian novelist and social critic in paperback for the first time.
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‘The most approachable and exhilarating Latin American writer of our times.’ Robert McCrum, Observer
In the past, culture was a kind of vital consciousness that constantly rejuvenated and revivified everyday reality. Now it is largely a mechanism of distraction and entertainment. From one of the world’s great literary intelligences, Notes on the Death of Culture is an examination and indictment of this transformation – an impassioned and essential critique of our time, with essays on the disappearance of eroticism, on culture politics and power, and the frivolity and banality of entertainment in Western culture.
A worldly writer in the best sense of the word: intelligent, urbane, well-traveled, well-informed, cosmopolitan, free-thinking and free-speaking.
A provocative essay collection on the fast decline of intellectual life, and one that manages the dual feat of shedding light while spreading gloom . . . Intelligent, penetrative, rigorous.
The most politically important novelist of our time.
One of the world's outstanding contemporary narrative masters.
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