Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society

Mario Vargas Llosa
Translated by John King

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.

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A worldly writer in the best sense of the word: intelligent, urbane, well-traveled, well-informed, cosmopolitan, free-thinking and free-speaking.

Merle Rubin, Los Angeles Times
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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.

Malcolm Forbes, The New Criterion
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The most politically important novelist of our time.

New York Times Magazine
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One of the world's outstanding contemporary narrative masters.

MarioVargas Llosa

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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