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Duncan Wheeler: Bullfighting, 13 July 2017

... and mother of Enrique Iglesias by her first husband, Julio) was there with her latest consort, Mario VargasLlosa; Carmen Martínez-Bordiú, Franco’s granddaughter, whose popularity has risen since she appeared on the Spanish version of Strictly Come Dancing, was also in attendance. Matadors have been welcomed ...

A Funny Feeling

David Runciman: Larkin and My Father, 4 February 2021

... Thomas and attended by writers he thought she might admire (Larkin, Isaiah Berlin, V.S. Pritchett, Mario VargasLlosa and Anthony Powell, among others), which Larkin had found tough going. ‘The Thatcher dinner was pretty grisly. Even now I shudder and moan involuntarily. M says: “Is it death again, or Mrs ...

Shakespeare the Novelist

John Sutherland, 28 September 1989

The Vision of Elena Silves 
by Nicholas Shakespeare.
Collins, 263 pp., £11.95, September 1989, 0 00 271031 5
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Billy Bathgate 
by E.L. Doctorow.
Macmillan, £11.95, September 1989, 0 333 51376 2
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Buffalo Afternoon 
by Susan Fromberg Schaeffer.
Hamish Hamilton, 535 pp., £12.95, August 1989, 0 241 12634 7
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The Message to the Planet 
by Iris Murdoch.
Chatto, 563 pp., £13.95, October 1989, 0 7011 3479 8
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... photographs. He may no longer even be alive. Nevertheless, according to the Peruvian novelist Mario VargasLlosa, Guzman is ‘the object of religious devotion’ to his Senderista followers and of holy terror to Peru’s middle classes. Nicholas Shakespeare’s fascination with Sendero Luminoso expressed itself in ...

Miami Twice

Edward Said, 10 December 1987

Going to Miami: Exiles, Tourists and Refugees in the New America 
by David Rieff.
Bloomsbury, 230 pp., £12.95, October 1987, 0 7475 0064 9
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by Joan Didion.
Simon and Schuster, 224 pp., $17.95, October 1987, 0 671 64664 8
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... harassed, just because he broke ranks with the Miami orthodoxy. Even so dubious a figure as Mario VargasLlosa is regarded by the Cuban groups as a Communist. Didion’s way with all this, plus the numerous scams and hits run by the Cuban gangs, is to expose them mercilessly, to get her readers angry. But she ...


Jenny Diski: On Meeting the Creatives, 22 February 1996

... they want. On this journey, all you have to do is learn to juggle with disparately shaped objects. Mario VargasLlosa turned out to be something of a juggler, and provided a finely balanced introduction to the world of creativity. A novelist who has also entered the sphere of politics; a very public man, neatly suited ...

The other side have got one

Ian Gilmour: Lady Thatcher’s Latest, 6 June 2002

Ideologies of Conservatism: Conservative Political Ideas in the 20th Century 
by E.H.H. Green.
Oxford, 309 pp., £25, February 2002, 0 19 820593 7
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Statecraft: Strategies for a Changing World 
by Margaret Thatcher.
HarperCollins, 486 pp., £25, April 2002, 0 00 710752 8
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... Union, which would of course make us much more of an American satellite even than we are now. Mario VargasLlosa, who used to be Margaret Thatcher’s admirer, now fears that ‘she will be remembered more as a very bitter Conservative fighting against Europe, and saying absurd things about Europe.’ That fits her ...

Even Hotter, Even Louder

Tony Wood: Shining Path, 4 July 2019

The Shining Path: Love, Madness and Revolution in the Andes 
by Orin Starn and Miguel La Serna.
Norton, 404 pp., £19.99, May 2019, 978 0 393 29280 0
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... without relying on the equally predatory army. The 1990 presidential election, which pitted Mario VargasLlosa against the agronomist Alberto Fujimori, unfolded against this uncertain backdrop. Having campaigned against the novelist’s platform of harsh neoliberal measures, once in office Fujimori turned around ...

Enrique of the Silver Tongue

Christopher Tayler: A ‘Novel without Fiction’, 22 March 2018

The Impostor 
by Javier Cercas, translated by Frank Wynne.
MacLehose Press, 429 pp., £20, November 2017, 978 0 85705 650 4
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... which he had once been secretary general, began to wonder whether he’d been a police informer. Mario VargasLlosa wrote an ironic tribute to his powers as a fabulator in El País, and two pieces were published suggesting he ought to kill himself. But Marco, who was now 84, wasn’t going quietly. Instead he showed ...

Creole Zones

Benedict Anderson, 7 November 1991

The First Americans: The Spanish Monarchy, Creole Patriots, and the Liberal State, 1492-1867 
by D.A. Brading.
Cambridge, 761 pp., £55, March 1991, 9780521391306
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... more melancholy creole imaginings of Miguel Asturias, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Mario Vargas...

The Cardoso Legacy

Perry Anderson: Lula’s Inheritance, 12 December 2002

... society then substantially richer per capita than Brazil is today. In the same year, Fujimori beat Mario VargasLlosa in Peru by attacking his financial orthodoxy with a violence far exceeding any PT discourse today, and then became the architect of a particularly corrupt and cruel version of it. In Argentina, Menem’s ...

It is very easy to die here

Rachel Nolan: Who killed the 43?, 4 April 2019

A Massacre in Mexico: The True Story behind the Missing 43 Students 
by Anabel Hernández, translated by John Washington.
Verso, 416 pp., £16.99, October 2018, 978 1 78873 148 5
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I Couldn’t Even Imagine that They Would Kill Us: An Oral History of the Attacks against the Students of Ayotzinapa 
by John Gibler.
City Lights, 264 pp., £12.99, December 2017, 978 0 87286 748 2
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... uninterrupted, from 1929 to 2000 by stealing elections, buying the press and stubbing out dissent. Mario VargasLlosa called the Mexican system the perfect dictatorship, since it was dressed up in enough elections to pass as a democracy. The PRI of this period is sometimes described by historians as a dictablanda, a ...

From Progress to Catastrophe

Perry Anderson: The Historical Novel, 28 July 2011

... and García Márquez: Roa Bastos, Carlos Fuentes, João Ubaldo Ribeiro, Fernando del Paso, Mario VargasLlosa and many more. Here, unquestionably, was the pacemaker for the global diffusion of these forms, which, like the concept of the postmodern itself, were invented in the periphery. Not that sources in the ...

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