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The War of the End of the World

The War of the End of the World

Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa

Location(s): Brazil

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 20th century

The War of the End of the World is one of the great modern historical novels. Inspired by a real episode in Brazilian history, Mario Vargas Llosa tells the story of an apocalyptic movement, led by a mysterious prophet, in which prostitutes, beggars and bandits establish Canudos, a new republic, a libertarian paradise.

As more of the area’s poor fall under the influence of the prophet’s intense charisma, the government of the new Brazilian republic is forced to act with increasing violence.

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