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Conversación en La Catedral (original 1969; edition 2007)

by Mario Vargas Llosa

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Member:caflores
Title:Conversación en La Catedral
Authors:Mario Vargas Llosa
Info:Madrid: Punto de lectura, 2007.
Collections:Enero, Read but unowned
Rating:*****
Tags:literatura, siglo XX, Perú, novela

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Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa (1969)

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I really liked some parts of the book and I love Mario Vargas-Llosa but I had trouble getting excited about the youthful political chapters. Even though it was well written, the posturing and pretentiousness of that age were irritating to me. ( )
  ltfitch1 | Jun 5, 2016 |
A complicated historical novel that speaks to the importance of personal freedom. ( )
  jwhenderson | Jul 27, 2014 |
Not for everyone. The narration goes back and forth in the story and some of the story lines interrupt each other. It makes sense in the end if you have the patience to get that far. Very well written the translator did a great job. ( )
  charlie68 | Dec 12, 2013 |
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  wchoquemamani | Oct 29, 2011 |
Sandiago Zavalita, son of a wealthy businessman, meets Ambrosio, his father's old chauffer, when he goes to collect his dog from the pound. Over many beers at "the Catedral" they relate their lives over the intervening years. Set in Peru with a backdrop of political turmoil and corruption.
This is a difficult book to read and will require your full attention. Persevere for the first 200 pages with the multiple simultaneous conversations, the different names for the same people, and the lack of punctuation and as you begin to understand the author's flow you will be rewarded by with masterful story ( )
  TheWasp | Apr 11, 2011 |
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Epigraph
Il faut avoir fouillé toute la vie sociale pour être un vrai romancier, vu que le roman est l'histoire privée des nations.

Balzac, 'Petites misères de la vié conjugale'.
"To be a true novelist one must delve into all of social existence, since the novel is the private history of nations".

Balzac, 'Little miseries of conjugal life'.
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To Luis Loayza and Abelardo Oquendo
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Desde la puerta de La Crónica Santiago mira la avenida Tacna.....
From the doorway of La Crónica Santiago looks at the Avenida Tacna without love: cars, uneven and faded buildings, the gaudy skeletons of posters floating in the mist, the gray midday.
Dalla porta de "La Crónica" Santiago guarda l'avenida Tacna, senza amore: automobili, edifici disuguali e scoloriti, scheletri di pubblicità luminosa che ondeggiano nella nebbiolina, il mezzogiorno grigio. In che momento si era fottuto il Perù?
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¿Cuándo se jodió el Perú?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060732806, Paperback)

A Haunting tale of power, corruption,
and the complex search for identity

Conversation in The Cathedral takes place in 1950s Peru during the dictatorship of Manuel A. Odría. Over beers and a sea of freely spoken words, the conversation flows between two individuals, Santiago and Ambrosia, who talk of their tormented lives and of the overall degradation and frustration that has slowly taken over their town.

Through a complicated web of secrets and historical references, Mario Vargas Llosa analyzes the mental and moral mechanisms that govern power and the people behind it. More than a historic analysis, Conversation in The Cathedral is a groundbreaking novel that tackles identity as well as the role of a citizen and how a lack of personal freedom can forever scar a people and a nation.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:47 -0400)

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A Haunting tale of power, corruption, and the complex search for identity, Conversation in The Cathedral takes place in 1950s Peru during the dictatorship of Manuel A. Odra. Over beers and a sea of freely spoken words, the conversation flows between two individuals, Santiago and Ambrosia, who talk of their tormented lives and of the overall degradation and frustration that has slowly taken over their town. Through a complicated web of secrets and historical references, Mario Vargas Llosa analyzes the mental and moral mechanisms that govern power and the people behind it. More than a historic analysis, Conversation in The Cathedral is a groundbreaking novel that tackles identity as well as the role of a citizen and how a lack of personal freedom can forever scar a people and a nation.… (more)

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