The Dream of the Celt

By Mario Vargas Llosa; Edith Grossman (Translator)
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374143466, 368pp.)

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

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A subtle and enlightening novel about a neglected human rights pioneer by the Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa

In 1916, the Irish nationalist Roger Casement was hanged by the British government for treason. Casement had dedicated his extraordinary life to improving the plight of oppressed peoples around the world--especially the native populations in the Belgian Congo and the Amazon--but when he dared to draw a parallel between the injustices he witnessed in African and American colonies and those committed by the British in Northern Ireland, he became involved in a cause that led to his imprisonment and execution. Ultimately, the scandals surrounding Casement's trial and eventual hanging tainted his image to such a degree that his pioneering human rights work wasn't fully reexamined until the 1960s.

In "The Dream of the Celt," Mario Vargas Llosa, who has long been regarded as one of Latin America's most vibrant, provocative, and necessary literary voices--a fact confirmed when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010--brings this complex character to life as no other writer can. A masterful work, sharply translated by Edith Grossman, "The Dream of the Celt "tackles a controversial man whose story has long been neglected, and, in so doing, pushes at the boundaries of the historical novel.




About the Author
Mario Vargas Llosa is Peru's foremost author and the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1994 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and in 1995 he won the Jerusalem Prize. His many distinguished works include "The Storyteller", "The""Feast of the Goat", "Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter", "Death in the Andes", In "Praise of the Stepmother", "The Bad Girl", "Conversation in the Cathedral", The "Way to Paradise", and "The War of the End of the World". He lives in London.

Edith Grossman is the award-winning translator of major works by many of Latin America's most important writers. Born in Philadelphia, she attended the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California at Berkeley before receiving her PhD from New York University. She lives in New York City.


NPR
Wednesday, Jul 4, 2012

Alan Cheuse reviews The Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa. Cheuse teaches creative writing at George Mason University. More at NPR.org

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