The Madness of Things Peruvian: Democracy under Siege

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This book describes the demise of Peruvian democracy as a metaphor for the challenges facing the cause of freedom in Latin America in the 1990s. Vargas Llosa describes how and why Peru's democracy collapsed in April 1992, after 12 years of precarious existence. As he explains, in Peru and elsewhere in the region, the destitute have always been skeptical about the virtues of democratic systems. Vargas Llosa sees the forces hostile to democracy in Peru as paralleled elsewhere on the continent, as democracy's enemies work energetically to undermine democracy in the name of order.

Vargas Llosa argues that the failure of democracy in Peru is a result of historic vices and deficiencies in institutions constructed during the long years of dictatorship in Latin American nations. In the short intervals of democratic government that interrupted those years, elected leaders never dared to attempt reform of state institutions or state/society relationships. The resulting absence of political, economic, or cultural freedoms in all aspects of Latin American society is the root cause of the region's failure to build a democratic tradition.

The collapse of democracy in Peru stunned its neighbors hi Lathi America because they saw its crisis reflected in their own institutions. Despite the bleak present Llosa describes, he is not pessimistic. He is concerned that reforms have been too timid, more rhetorical than real. He warns that just as democraticization in the eighties was greeted with euphoria, events of the nineties are replacing that euphoria with the fear that change is elusive. Tune may be running out.

The book's vivid, accessible writing will invite interest hi The Madness of Things Peruvian from anyone interested in Lathi American affairs. Mr. Vargas Llosa's unique perspective as an insider in Peruvian politics provides those who have political or economic interests in the region with unusual insight into developments there.

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Alvaro Vargas Llosa was born in Lima, Peru, and studied there and hi London. Since the age of 16, he has worked as a journalist. Mr. Vargas Llosa was press spokesman for the Democratic Front's presidential campaign hi 1990, working on behalf of Mario Vargas Llosa. He now lives hi Madrid, Spain where he writes for various news organizations and has a weekly television program.

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"In his thought-provoking book, Alvaro Vargas Llosa maintains that it is not democracy but rather its absence that has failed Peru. . . . The book is a well-written, considered essay from someone with an inside view of a crucial process. . . . [This] book makes a valuable contribution to understanding Peru and Latin America."

—Adolfo Chiri, The Miami Herald

"Alvaro Vargas Llosa is a brilliant man and his fascinating work should command wide attention."

—Hugh Thomas, House of Lords

"It is not because Alvaro Vargas Llosa is Peruvian that his diagnosis is exceptionally clever and penetrating. It is also and above all because he has a gift of observing his own society at the same time from inside and outside. And so we can extract from his book eternal political laws."

—Jean Francois Revel, French Essayist and Political Writer

“This volume presents a comprehensive review of recent Peruvian political developments as well as a broader historical analysis of Peru, Latin America, and beyond. Written by a campaign insider--the son of Presidential candidate Mario Vargas Llosa—the book provides an interesting view of the Vargas Llosa campaign... This volume moves from very specific analysis of Peruvian politics to extremely broad discussions of world trends and political economy.”

—A. J. Pinelo, Choice

"The Madness of Things Peruvian presents a rich and insightful account of the downfall of democracy in one of the world's most fascinating and troubled countries, from an observer with a unique and privileged perspective. Vargas-Llosa has written an important statement that should affect the debate on the future of democracy in Latin America."

—Francis Fukuyama

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