- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 1 edition (June 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780374143466
- ISBN-13: 978-0374143466
- ASIN: 0374143463
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dream of the Celt: A Novel Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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“In the star-studded world of the Latin American novel, Mario Vargas Llosa is a supernova.” ―Raymond Sokolov, The Wall Street Journal on Mario Vargas Llosa
“Vargas Llosa speaks in his own voice, sees through his own eyes. His vision is unique. His genius is unmistakable.” ―Eugenia Thornton, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) on Mario Vargas Llosa
“The bold, dynamic and endlessly productive imagination of the Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the writing giants of our time, is something truly to be admired . . . As with any great writer, [he] makes us see clearly what we have been looking at all the while but never noticed.” ―Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle on Mario Vargas Llosa
“Generous in friendship, unfailingly curious about the world at large, tireless in his quest to probe the nature of the human animal, [Vargas Llosa] is a model writer for our times.” ―Marie Arana, The Washington Post on Mario Vargas Llosa
“[Vargas Llosa] is 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 on Mario Vargas Llosa
“Mario Vargas Llosa has long been a literary adventurer of the very first order . . . [He], I am convinced, can tell us stories about anything and make them dance to his inventive rhythms.” ―Lisa Appignanesi, The Independent on Mario Vargas Llosa
About the Author
Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat." Peru's foremost writer, he has been awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. His many works include The Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The War of the End of the World, and The Storyteller. He lives in London.
Edith Grossman has translated the works of the Nobel laureates Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel García Márquez, among others. One of the most important translators of Latin American fiction, her version of Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote is considered to be the finest translation of the Spanish masterpiece in the English language.
Top Customer Reviews
The 2010 Nobel Prize committee praised Vargas Llosa "for his cartography of structures of power and for his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat." So you would think the story of Roger Casement could not have been better suited for his pen. Born in Ireland in 1864, he worked in various places in Africa before being appointed a British consul. Joseph Conrad credited Casement with opening his eyes to the colonial exploitation that he would feature in his HEART OF DARKNESS of 1902. In 1903, Casement made his own journey upriver, returning to write a report on human rights atrocities that would make him a household name in Britain.Read more ›
What is amazing is that, for the last 20 years, Vargas Llosa has been a frank libertarian, a defender of the capitalist "free" market who openly ridicules the welfare state and who, in his opinion pieces for the general press, invokes the likes of Hayek, von Mises, and Milton Friedman as his model ideologues.
And yet, when dealing with something so stark as this dark history, the author puts aside the standard, formulaic praise of capitalism for "creating wealth" (a darling phrase of libertarians, including Vargas Llosa himself) and instead shows the system at its most violent and inhuman. We see here Gulag-style slave labor, though under the control of Brits, Belgians, and white Latin Americans.
THE DREAM OF THE CELT may not be one of Vargas Llosa's very best works, but it still demonstrates his masterful objectivity as a novelist, his gift for telling a gripping, suspenseful story, along with an ability to transcend his libertarian dogma and get at the central truth of the events themselves. The book is a worthy successor to Joseph Conrad's HEART OF DARKNESS, with which it will inevitably be compared.
Situated often in Vargas Llosa's native Peru, where the core of this novel burrows into the depredations of colonialism owned by Britain and controlled by Peruvians far from the control of their capital or the law, the placement of Casement within late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century capitalism sharpens the author's portrayals of Latin Americans and Europeans complicit in raping the jungles, its women, and its resources. Vargas Llosa had run for president of his own struggling Third World nation; he shows a keen understanding of all sides in the debate over the fate of the "3 C's" of capitalism, colonialism, and Christianity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Learned about an individual who made quite a difference in historyPublished 3 months ago by M. Nebraska
I have always felt that the sexual misdeeds of priests must have led to terrible feelings of betrayal by those with a lifelong commitment to the church either as priests or nuns. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Annette Law
Such was the intriguing nature of the life of Sir Roger Casement, it is almost as if had he not lived a novelist with the skills of Mario Vargas Llosa would have had to invent him. Read morePublished 6 months ago by keetmom
So vile and violent that I could not finish it, characters were not developed enough to care about them. Seemed like a lot of violence for violence sake. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thomas C. Dillon
I've long had the fantasy of meeting MVL in an airport somewhere and telling him I'd read The Feast of the Goat and The War of the End of the World in their spanish editions having... Read morePublished 9 months ago by MydaRay
A terrific novel based on the life of Roger Casement. Vargas Llosa shows his virtuosity as a chronicler of the human condition via fiction. Read morePublished 13 months ago by bronx book nerd
The biography of a man who gave a big contribution to the history of the world we see today...a man that unfortunately nobody knows but can teach us so much!Published 14 months ago by Giulia Baldissera
I know this is a Nobel Prize winner but it was torture reading it. It felt like a report and not a novel. I felt like I was being hit over the head with the same information. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Linda Weiss