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THE LANGUAGE OF PASSION: SELECTED COMMENTARY - Rare Fine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing: Signed by Mario Vargas Llosa - ONLY SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Vargas Llosa, Mario (Translated by Natasha Wimmer)

Published by New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003
ISBN 10: 0374183260 / ISBN 13: 9780374183264
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Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.


1st Printing. Signed. 292 pages. Published in 2003. The author's second retrospective collection of literary and political essays. One of the finest collections of its kind ever published. The first appearance of the pieces in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The DJ cover design is audaciously original: A badly stained, dilapidated, "seen-better-days" wallpaper that looks so convincing many readers will think it is a DJ flaw. It is not. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Mario Vargas Llosa's "The Language of Passion" in a felicitous English translation. His second collection of essays, most of which originally appeared in his now-legendary El Pais column, "Touchstone". The title captures both Vargas Llosa's sensibility and the response that his work often elicits: He is a critic of power and a sensualist who also worships reason; every essay is a passionate defense of "thinking-things-through" rather than ignorant reaction-ism. Many of the pieces "made waves", that is, generated enormous controversy when they first appeared and made the author more aware of the feelings behind even the most clinically dispassionate argument. Although much better-known as a novelist, Vargas Llosa's range as an essayist is breathtaking: Literature, politics, Europe, Latin America, the United States, and the relations among them all. He writes about his subjects with a fresh voice and keen insight. Mario Vargas Llosa is the writer/intellectual/philosopher par excellence among the Latin-American geniuses of the so-called Boom: He refuses to be categorized, labeled, and reduced by ideology, whether it is Fascist conservatism, political correctness, or Leftist academicism, what he has condemned as "authoritarianism of the Left and the Right". "Making Waves" won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in 1997, besting its American contenders. The sustained brilliance of "The Language of Passion" (2003) and "Touchstones" (2007) shows a writer at the absolute peak of his critical powers. A self-described "European writer of Peruvian origin", Vargas Llosa's only equals as an essayist among Latin-American writers are Carlos Fuentes and Octavio Paz. Together with their forefather, Alejo Carpentier, the trio demonstrates the cosmopolitanism of the "Boom", a Cultural Revolution that brought Latin America out of the darkness of backwardness and provincialism (Vargas Llosa is especially scathing about his Peruvian predecessors) into the Paradise that Jorge Luis Borges dreamt about. An absolute "must-have" title for Mario Vargas Llosa collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the half-title page by Mario Vargas Llosa. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. His specimen-signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. It comes from the private collection of a noted academic/specialist in Latin-American literature who knew and corresponded with Vargas Llosa, making this signed copy that much more special. This title is a late-modern classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First American Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Among "Boom" writers, Mario Vargas Llosa has been grossly under-valued for the longest time even though he rarely does public signings. The collectible value of his books will not only keep but keep going up. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Cervantes Prize, awarded to the greatest living writers in Spanish by the Spanish Government, in 1994. Winner of the Jerusalem Prize in 1995. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARIO VARGAS LLOSA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374. Bookseller Inventory # 15967

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Synopsis: Ten years of world-class journalism from one of Latin America?s most influential and controversial men of letters

Since 1977, Mario Vargas Llosa has contributed a biweekly column to Spain?s major newspaper, El País. Dubbed ?Touchstone,? and read in syndication by Spanish-speaking readers around the globe, the column is renowned?in some circles, notorious?for skewering the excesses of the Latin American left and championing classic liberalism and free-market democracy. 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 Carnival in Rio, and examines the legacy of Vermeer, Bertolt Brecht, Frida Kahlo, and Octavio Paz, among others.

Vargas Llosa is a model of the engaged writer: whatever his subject, he brings to bear the intelligence, wit, tolerance, and moral seriousness that are the hallmark of his nonfiction. The Language of Passion is the work of a cosmopolite in the true sense of the word.

About the Author: Mario Vargas Llosa is the author of eight novels, most recently The Feast of the Goat (FSG, 2001). He won the National Book Critics Circle Award for his most recent book of essays, Making Waves (FSG, 1997).

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