Synopses & Reviews
Deep within the remote backlands of 19th-century Brazil sits Canudosa libertarian paradise. Home of prostitutes, bandits, beggars, Canudos embodies the revolutionary spirit in its purest and most apocalyptic form. In one of his most brilliant and tragic novels, Mario Vargas Llosa creates an unforgettable tale of passion, idealism, adventure, and man's struggle to be free.
"A modern tragedy on the grand scale...As dark as spilled blood." Salman Rushdie, The New Republic
"A magnificent storyteller...[Vargas Llosa] gives us a cast of unforgettable characters swept up in the upheaval....This is the work of a master, coming into full realization of his powers." The Boston Sunday Globe
About the Author
Mario Vargas Llosa is the author of twelve novels, including Death in the Andes, In Praise of the Stepmother, The Storyteller, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, and The War of the End of the World, which are all available from Penguin in English. In 1995, he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. Vargas Llosa lives in London.