The Language of Passion by Mario Vargas Llosa
Selected Commentary

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



Internationally acclaimed novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has contributed a biweekly column to Spain's major newspaper, El País, since 1977. In this collection of columns from the 1990s, Vargas Llosa weighs in on the burning questions of the last decade, including the travails of

Latin American democracy, the role of religion in civic life, and the future of globalization. But Vargas Llosa's influence is hardly limited to politics. In some of the liveliest critical writing of his career, he makes a pilgrimage to Bob Marley's shrine in Jamaica, celebrates the sexual abandon of Carnaval in Rio, and examines the legacies of Vermeer, Bertolt Brecht, Frida Kahlo, and Octavio Paz, among others.


About Mario Vargas Llosa

See more books from this Author
Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat." Peru's foremost writer, he has been awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. His many works include The Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The War of the End of the World, and The Storyteller. He lives in London. Edith Grossman has translated the works of the Nobel laureates Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel García Márquez, among others. One of the most important translators of Latin American fiction, her version of Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote is considered to be the finest translation of the Spanish masterpiece in the English language.
Published March 4, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 306 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Language of Passion

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Reviews, travel journalism, and assorted feuilletons from the noted Peruvian novelist (The Feast of the Goat, 2001, etc.).

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Language of Passion: Sele...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In the United States, Vargas Llosa is best known for his novels (In Praise of the Stepmother;

Mar 03 2003 | Read Full Review of The Language of Passion: Sele...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

In his introduction, he explains that the title of the book is taken from a column that was written in homage to Mexican essayist Octavio Paz, ""not because these texts have been written passionately or belligerently.

| Read Full Review of The Language of Passion: Sele...

Rate this book!

Add Review