Zithromax Online, I first became aware of Margio Vargas Llosa and his work in the 1990s when I heard him speak at the Miami Book Fair International. He was always a hit with Cuban Miami (anyone who is an enemy of Fidel….), but political issues aside, what drew me (and many readers) to his work is the authenticity and power of his fiction. Zithromax Online craiglist, Today the Swedish Academy said that it is honoring Vargas Llosa for outlining the “structures of power” and for “his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat." The Academy’s permanent secretary, Peter Englund, called him "a divinely gifted storyteller" whose writing touches the reader.
I agree on both points, Zithromax Online overseas, but I believe that Englund’s comment lies closer to why readers will probably continue to turn to Vargas Llosa’s work 50, 100 years from now.
The art of telling stories, 500mg Zithromax Online, and writing novels, centers on one’s ability to immerse readers in another reality that is compelling, yet familiar enough to make readers forget that it is simply a story. When readers say that a character’s experiences feel “real,” that is among the highest praise that a fiction writer can receive, because ideas in stories are meant to be lived through in (imaginary) time and space, not understood as abstractions (as they are in essays), Zithromax Online.
There’s nothing wrong with abstractions – we need them to make sense of our lives and the world – but the danger of mulling over our lives primarily as abstractions is that this habit tends to blind us to the truths of living in a human body and how that heavy, quotidian experience shapes us, Zithromax Online mexico. Great fiction, because it thrusts us back into lived experience, makes us more human. Zithromax Online paypal, Vargas Llosa can do this – make readers feel what it’s like to be someone else, to suffer like someone else, to feel the humiliations and pangs of lust that are common to everyone, but as experienced by one individual – say a Central American dictator (Feast of the Goat) or an elderly professor (In Praise of the Stepmother). He does this far better with male characters than with female characters, 20mg Zithromax Online, btw. Zithromax Online, That he’s able to take this ability and use it to thread a story about broader political issues – well, that’s what novelists ought to be doing nowadays, and I’m glad to see the Academy recognize it.
But what I cherish about Vargas Llosa is his ability to tell big stories in miniature that resonate far beyond the page.
This brings me to my favorite VL work. 750mg Zithromax Online, In Praise of the Stepmother is a small gem of a novel. It’s naughty, wicked classic that details an erotic triangle between an older, self-absorbed professor, his beautiful, Zithromax Online ebay, new (younger) wife and his son from a previous marriage. Some reviewers, including Anthony Burgess, writing for the New York Times, brushed it off as trivial, Zithromax Online. I think that misses the point; in this book about betrayal, nothing is more political than the (deeply) personal. 50mg Zithromax Online, (That may have been what the New Yorker was getting at when the magazine said that "Not only would an American presidential candidate not have written [this novel] but the National Endowment for the Arts wouldn’t have given it a grant.”)
For years after I read In Praise of the Stepmother, I could not forget the scenes of the professor spending hours in the bathroom with his tedious grooming routines – clipping of nose hairs and toenails, combing his hair just so – while down the hall, his cherubic son circles closer and closer around the father’s neglected bride, who may or may not be enticing him, 40mg Zithromax Online.
No innocence in that childhood. No exemption from responsibility for the grown-ups, either. Latin American politics in a nutshell.
Congratulations, Mr. Vargas Llosa, for snatching the brass ring.
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