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On Vargas-Llosa’s Right-Wingism

Writing about Mario Vargas-Llosa post-Nobel at The Book Beast, Allen Barra seeks to answer accusations that V-L is right-wing:

As for the perception of Llosa as right wing, the subject himself dismissed it, correctly I think, in a 1985 essay, “Nicaragua at the Crossroads.” “For a reason as mysterious as the street directions in Managua, the defense of freedom of expression, elections and political pluralism gain one the reputation, among Latin American intellectuals, of being right wing.” And, one might add, among some American and European intellectuals as well.

Ummm . . . the incident over which most consider Vargas-Llosa right-wing–the campaign he waged for to be Peru’s president–didn’t occur until 1990. So Vargas-Llosa preemptively silenced his critics-to-be 5 years in advance?

And anyway, claims that Vargas-Llosa is right-wing tend not to hinge around “the defense of freedom of expression, elections and political pluralism” but rather the fact that he was in cahoots with Peru’s economic elite during a time of great economic pain.


The Surrender is Veronica Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning how she embraced her true gender.


Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

The first essay dives in to Nicholson Baker’s “sex trilogy,” explaining just what Baker is up to here and why these books ultimately fail to be as sexy as Baker might wish.

From there the book moves on to the second essay, which explains just why Spaniard Javier Marías does right what Baker does wrong . . .


5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

3 never-before-published essays, including “The Digression”—a 4,000-word piece on the most important digression in César Aira’s career.

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