By Mario Vargas Llosa
Un relato exhaustivamente documentado sobre los angeles Guerra de Canudos que reproduce prodigiosamente las mentalidades profundas, las pasiones irracionales y las desbocadas fuerzas sociales del Brasil de finales del siglo XIX.
«Esta novela me hizo vivir una de las aventuras literarias más ricas y exaltantes.» Mario Vargas Llosa
A finales del siglo XIX, en las tierras paupérrimas del noreste del Brasil, el chispazo de las arengas del Consejero, personaje mesiánico y enigmático, prenderá los angeles insurrección de los desheredados. En circunstancias extremas como aquellas, los angeles consecución de l. a. dignidad very important solo podrá venir de l. a. exaltación religiosa -el convencimiento fanático de los angeles elección divina de los marginados del mundo- y del quebranto radical de las reglas que rigen el mundo de los poderosos.
Así, grupos de miserables acudirán a l. a. llamada de l. a. revolución de Canudos, l. a. ciudad donde se asentará esta comunidad de personajes que difícilmente desaparecerán de l. a. imaginación del lector: el Beatito, el León de Natuba, María Quadrado... Frente a todos ellos, una trama político-militar se articula para detener con toda su fuerza el movimiento que amenaza con expandirse.
La guerra del fin del mundo, primera novela que Mario Vargas Llosa situó fuera del Perú, es un relato exhaustivamente documentado, tanto a través de lecturas como de viajes sobre el terreno en el que tuvo lugar este acontecimiento histórico. Un libro basic en l. a. historia literaria del siglo XX.
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