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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Alfaguara (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 6071117666
  • ISBN-13: 978-6071117663
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MARIO VARGAS LLOSA was born in Arequipa, Peru, in 1936. In 1958 he earned a scholarship to study in Madrid, and later he lived in Paris. His first story collection, The Cubs and Other Stories, was published in 1959. Vargas Llosa's reputation grew with the publication in 1963 of The Time of the Hero, a controversial novel about the politics of his country. The Peruvian military burned a thousand copies of the book. He continued to live abroad until 1980, returning to Lima just before the restoration of democratic rule.

A man of politics as well as literature, Vargas Llosa served as president of PEN International from 1977 to 1979, and headed the government commission to investigate the massacre of eight journalists in the Peruvian Andes in 1983.

Vargas Llosa has produced critical studies of García Márquez, Flaubert, Sartre, and Camus, and has written extensively on the roots of contemporary fiction. For his own work, he has received virtually every important international literary award. Vargas Llosa's works include The Green House (1968) and Conversation in the Cathedral (1975), about which Suzanne Jill Levine for The New York Times Book Review said: "With an ambition worthy of such masters of the 19th-century novel as Balzac, Dickens and Galdós, but with a technical skill that brings him closer to the heirs of Flaubert and Henry James . . . Mario Vargas Llosa has [created] one of the largest narrative efforts in contemporary Latin American letters." In 1982, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter to broad critical acclaim. In 1984, FSG published the bestselling The War of the End of the World, winner of the Ritz Paris Hemingway Award. The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta was published in 1986. The Perpetual Orgy, Vargas Llosa's study of Flaubert and Madame Bovary, appeared in the winter of 1986, and a mystery, Who Killed Palomino Molero?, the year after. The Storyteller, a novel, was published to great acclaim in 1989. In 1990, FSG published In Praise of the Stepmother, also a bestseller. Of that novel, Dan Cryer wrote: "Mario Vargas Llosa is a writer of promethean authority, making outstanding fiction in whatever direction he turns" (Newsday).

In 1990, Vargas Llosa ran for the presidency of his native Peru. In 1994, FSG published his memoir, A Fish in the Water, in which he recorded his campaign experience. In 1994, Vargas Llosa was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and, in 1995, the Jerusalem Prize, which is awarded to writers whose work expresses the idea of the freedom of the individual in society. In 1996, Death in the Andes, Vargas Llosa's next novel, was published to wide acclaim. Making Waves, a collection of his literary and political essays, was published in 1997; The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto, a novel, was published in 1998; The Feast of the Goat, which sold more than 400,000 copies in Spanish-language, was published in English in 2001; The Language of Passion, his most recent collection of nonfiction essays on politics and culture, was published by FSG in June 2003. The Way to Paradise, a novel, was published in November 2003; The Bad Girl, a novel, was published in the U.S. by FSG in October, 2007. His most recent novel, El Sueño del Celta, will be published in 2011 or 2012. Two works of nonfiction are planned for the near future as well.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Zalacaín on June 1, 2012
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Vargas Llosa analiza elocuentemente la crisis de nuestra sociedad post-moderna cubriendo aspectos relativos al arte, literatura, religión y política, e intercala a modo de ilustración y de manera muy didáctica en cada uno de los capítulos dedicados a estos temas breves artículos publicados en el diario "El País." Se cubren temas tan actuales como el de Wikileaks y Julian Assange, el uso del velo islámico y la enseñanza del curso de religión en las escuelas públicas, la responsabilidad del artista y del intelectual, el uso de drogas en la sociedad, los medios digitales y los cambios políticos en el mundo entre otros.

La tesis principal del premio Nobel de Literatura 2010 es que la cultura tal como se entendía en el sentido tradicional del término, es decir, como la acumulación de conocimiento producto de la creación artística y espiritual del ser humano; sino está en proceso de extinción, ya está en sí extinta. A esta noción tradicional del término, se abre paso más bien una expresión mucho más "abierta" e indefinida de lo que es cultura, producto del ejercicio extremo de la corrección política, la desaparición del espíritu crítico y el afán exhibicionista y circense de los medios. Como inesperadas consecuencias de esta nueva forma de entender la "cultura", el arte, el pensamiento, la literatura y la religión se frivolizan y se convierten en meros medios de entretenimiento donde todo es permisible y donde somos meros espectadores del momento.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By eleudson on October 6, 2012
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Em La Civilizacion del Espetaculo, Mario Vargas Llosa utiliza-se de sua habilidade de escritor, capacidade intelectual e experiência de vida para discorrer sobre como a cultura vem perdendo sua capacidade de provocar o pensamento crítico, voltando-se cada vez mais apenas para o espetáculo e entretenimento.

O autor conceitua a Civilizacão do Espetáculo como "La de un mundo donde el primer lugar en la tabla de valores vigentes lo ocupa en entretenimiento, y donde divertirse, escapar del aburrimiento, es la pasión universal."

A crítica principal não é contra os produtos culturais proporcionarem diversão e entreter seus consumidores, pois essa é uma premissa para qualquer obra cultura, e sim, o fato de que a diversão está se tornando o único fator relevante para a produção artística e manifestação cultural, em detrimento de obras e atitudes que façam o ser humano ir além, ter de pensar para entender e refletir sobre a obra ou situação que deve provocar novas visões de mundo.

Com este pano de fundo, o autor discorre sobre o impacto desta cultura da frivolidade na produção artística, na política, na sexualidade e na espiritualidade, nos tempos atuais.

Ao longo da obra o leitor pode encontrar uma série de referências bibliográficas que influenciaram o pensamento de Vargas Llosa no sentido dele poder nos brindar este ensaio indispensável para compreendermos um pouco melhor o mundo atual que nos cerca.

Claro que, como toda obra de opinião pessoal, o livro deve ser visto com o mesmo olhar crítico que o autor demonstra ter para com o mundo que a ele se apresenta e que retrata no livro.

Saudações desde o Brasil.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Oscar L. Vazquez on May 15, 2012
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Si bien es cierto que a los grandes pensadores e intelectuales de élite de todos los tiempos ha sido difícil de entender por su genialidad y gran conocimiento, que se hayan sentido incomprendidos, sus obras difíciles de aceptar por el gran público por su profundidad, riqueza linguística, estilos, mensajes subliminales o por posiciones ideológicas antagónicas a la mitad de los lectores potenciales, tengo que reconocer que si bien no comulgo ciento por ciento con lo que el autor expone con tanta vehemencia en este magnifico ensayo he de darle la razón en muchas de sus tesis. La perdida de poder de influencia y liderazgo de la élite intelectual en la opinión publica es un hecho, los medios se han encargado de anularlos a golpe de críticas negativas o vacío informativo como si no fueran necesarios en sociedades pensantes por que para eso han sido reemplazados por los medios de embrutecimiento de masas que alimentan el intelecto colectivo con ilusiones, diversiones banales, escándalos políticos, interminables campeonatos de fútbol, continuos conciertos multitudinarios y endiosamiento de ídolos efímeros al mejor estilo circo romano y lo que es peor, al crear la sensación de internacionalización, globalización y democratización de la cultura al alcance de todos después de anular, neutralizar u omitir la cultura trascendental, la que hecha raíces, aporta, deja huellas en la psiquis humana y hace pensar el producto no es otro que un gran público voluble, sin opinión, fácilmente manipulable y olvidadizo presto a aceptar todo por bueno sin detenerse a reflexionar. Creo que a esto es a lo que se refería Vargas Llosa al escribir este incendiario ensayo que por supuesto encontrará mas detractores por alusión que admiradores por identificación.
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