"Mario Vargas Llosa, renowned as a novelist, is one of our most brilliant and provocative public intellectuals as well. In Making Waves, the first collection of his essays, he explores, with characteristic brio and elegance, his long-standing preoccupations - literature and politics, Europe and the Americas, and the relations among them all." "We follow Vargas Llosa from his native Peru to Madrid and then to Paris, the setting of essays on his great precursors Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus, as well as a comic account of his visit to the tomb of Rin Tin Tin and an affecting memoir of his time in the city as an aspiring writer in the 1960s. In passionately critical essays on the Cuban revolution and its aftermath, Vargas Llosa takes up vital questions of Latin American independence, while in essays on Faulkner, Garcia Marquez, and Julio Cortazar - and in an exchange with Gunter Grass - he ponders magic realism. In more recent articles, he considers the terrorism of Peru's Shining Path and the presidency of Alberto Fujimori - and the failures of the English public-school system, which made his son into a Rastafarian." "The essays in Making Waves are full of Mario Vargas Llosa's unflagging literary intensity and moral and political integrity. They are an important addition to the body of work of this major international writer."--BOOK JACKET.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The Country of a Thousand Faces
When Madrid was a Village
Chronicle of the Cuban Revolution
In a Normandy Village, Remembering Paul Escobar
Toby, Rest in Peace
Hemingway: The Shared Feast
A Visit to Bunuel
Luis Bunuel: A Festival of Excellent Bad Films
Simone de Beauvoir: Les Belles Images
Sebastian Salazar Bondy and the Vocation of the Writer in Peru
Literature is Fire
Literature and Exile
Socialism and the Tanks
A Visit to Karl Marx
The Other Oscar
Doris Lessing: The Golden Notebook
Letter to Haydee Santamaria
Albert Camus and the Morality of Limits
Bataille or the Redemption of Evil
Sartre, Fierabras and Utopia
Isaiah Berlin: A Hero of Our Time
Faulkner in Laberinto
William Faulkner: The Sanctuary of Evil
John Dos Passos: Manhattan Transfer
The World Cup, Spain 1982
The Story of a Massacre
Freedom for the Free?
Nicaragua at the Crossroads
My Son the Rastafarian
The Trumpet of Deya
Botero: A Sumptuous Abundance
Szyszlo in the Labyrinth
A Fleeting Impression of Vaclav Havel
Letter to Salman Rushdie
The 'People' and the 'Decent People': On Contemporary Peru
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