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THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
"A wildly enjoyable book; the 85-year-old Vargas Llosa is as sharp and mordantly funny as ever." Financial Times
"A compelling and propulsive literary thriller." Hari Kunzru, New York Times Book Review
"A splendidly rich and absorbing novel." The Scotsman
"Compelling . . . full of intrigue, backstabbing and shifting power dynamics." Irish Times
Guatemala, 1954. A CIA-supported military coup topples the government. Behind this violent act is a lie passed off as truth, which forever changed the development of Latin America: that those in power encouraged the spread of Soviet communism in the Americas.
Mario Vargas Llosa has written a drama on a world stage, in which some persecutors end up as victims of the very plot they helped construct. Ironic and sensual, provocative and redemptive, Harsh Times is a story of international conspiracies and conflicting interests in the time of the Cold War, the echoes of which are still felt today.
Mario Vargas Llosa has written a drama on a world stage, in which some persecutors end up as victims of the very plot they helped construct. Ironic and sensual, provocative and redemptive, Harsh Times is a story of international conspiracies and conflicting interests in the time of the Cold War, the echoes of which are still felt today. --Deze tekst verwijst naar een alternatieve kindle_edition editie.
Named a Best Book of the Year by Financial Times
Classic Vargas Llosa . . . An unsettling reminder of the complicated relationship between storytelling and politics. --Booklist (Starred Review)
[A] vivid story centered on the U.S.-backed 1954 coup in Guatemala . . . History here gets a compelling human face through an artist's dramatic brilliance." --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
Harsh Times, which covers the same years as The Feast of the Goat, is not so much a sequel to the earlier book as an expansion of it, the new novel interwoven with the previous one, filling in gaps and deepening our understanding . . . Vargas Llosa has constructed a compelling and propulsive literary thriller, deeply informed by his experience as a public intellectual and a practicing politician. --Hari Kunzru, The New York Times Book Review
As always with Vargas Llosa . . . the political is rendered personal through a cast of vivid, grotesque characters and through a narrative structure that is as complex and labyrinthine as the world it describes . . . It's not just the subject matter that thrills, though; this is a novel that impresses at sentence level, too . . . [A] wildly enjoyable book; the 85-year-old Vargas Llosa is as sharp and mordantly funny as ever. --Alex Preston, Financial Times
From Paul Revere's ride to the storming of the Bastille to last year's Black Lives Matter protests, the spirit of revolution has stirred the hearts of those yearning for justice--and yet freedom never comes for free, as the Nobel laureate wrenchingly observes in his intricately plotted new novel . . . Harsh Times explores evergreen themes-skirmishes between the powerful and powerless, how war erodes our humanity--with gallows humor. --Hamilton Cain, Oprah Daily--Deze tekst verwijst naar een alternatieve kindle_edition editie.
- ASIN : B08YJB6FBN
- Uitgever : Faber & Faber (9 november 2021)
- Taal : Engels
- Bestandsgrootte : 3718 KB
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- Printlengte : 305 pagina's
- Aantal pagina's van bron-ISBN : 0374601232
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Even today instability remains a problem in much of the region with drug cartels forming shadow governments and corruption endemic. The main reason for this is, as usual, poverty.
The interview with the Mata Hari of Guatemala at the end of the book was interesting. The suspicion that she was funded by the CIA cannot be overlooked as was the fact that she was something of a fantasist with her ten husbands and belief that her former protector, Abbes Garcia, would be about to call on her, despite the fact that he would have been touching 100 years old. The man had been a butcher in the pay of Trujillo and justice was served on him in Haiti.
The tale is not only about the events themselves but the personalities caught up in the drama with all the double-crossing and personal destruction that went into it. The story goes well beyond the time of the coup and describes the after life of the cast of characters. Sometimes it is sad, sometimes hilarious, but always fascinating.
You will as Americans feel a sense of guilt. I
A TRAGIC HALF-CENTURY OF COUPS AND CIVIL WAR
Fortunately, I approached this novel fully aware of the events at the heart of the story. (I studied Latin American history and politics in graduate school.) In fact, the basic contours of the tale are well known in the region. Guatemala’s turn from a century of dictatorship to democracy late in World War II. The presidency of Juan José Arévalo (1945-51), who sought to bring US-style democracy and capitalism to his country. And his ill-fated successor, Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán, who served for just three years (1951-54) until he was overthrown in a CIA-led coup instigated by the United Fruit Company.
REGIME CHANGE, LATIN AMERICAN STYLE
The US-engineered regime change in Guatemala produced results as tragic as those in Chile two decades later, when military men supported by the US overthrew Salvador Allende. In Guatemala, the CIA coup ushered in the military dictatorship of Colonel Carlos Castillo Armas (1954-57). Whose subsequent assassination led in turn to five decades of right-wing oppression and a civil war in which at least 200,000 died and 400,000 lost their homes.
These events represent one of the archetypal developments in Latin American history in the 20th century. And if you keep all those facts firmly in mind, you should be able to enjoy this novel. I’m sure many of Vargas Llosa’s Latin American readers have done so. After all, there were reasons why the author won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
A CAST OF CHARACTERS PACKED WITH BOLDFACED NAMES
In Harsh Times, the three Guatemalan presidents—Juan José Arévalo, Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán, and Carlos Castillo Armas—and the men and women around them hold center stage. But Vargas Llosa manages to crowd other then-prominent figures in Latin America into the tale:
** Samuel Zemurray (1877-1961), president of the United Fruit Company, known as “Sam the Banana Man”
** Zemurray’s genius public relations consultant, Edward Bernays (1891-1995), who constructed the myth that Guatemala was turning to Communism
** Two of the region’s most notorious dictators at the time: Rafael Trujillo (1891-1961) of the Dominican Republic and Anastasio Somoza García (1896-1956) of Nicaragua, both of whom actively backed the overthrow of Árbenz Guzmán
** A smattering of CIA officers and other US officials crop up in the story, too, including Howard Hunt (1918-2007), of later Watergate fame.
This is history in fictional form, squarely based on the known facts of the events that tore apart the tiny nation of Guatemala in the 1950s and ushered in a genocidal civil war that lasted for decades. In fact, Vargas Llosa devotes the final chapter in his account to a first-person interview with one of the principal figures in the story: a once-beautiful woman nicknamed “Miss Guatemala” (though she wasn’t). Miss Guatemala was mistress to many of the other leading characters, including both Castillo Armas and the Dominican security officer who murdered him.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mario Vargas Llosa (1936-) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant novelists and essayists of his generation and a leading light on the Latin American literary scene. Now well into his eighties, Vargas Llosa has been published since the 1950s. He is Peruvian but holds dual citizenship in Spain. Wikipedia notes that “Vargas Llosa has mainly lived in Madrid since the 1990s, but spends roughly three months of the year in Peru with his extended family.” In 1990, he ran for President of Peru against Alberto Fujimori “because the country’s ‘very fragile democracy was shaking and on the point of collapse.'”