The Dream of the Celt

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The Dream of the Celt

By Mario Vargas Llosa; Edith Grossman (Translator)

Picador USA, Paperback, 9781250033321, 358pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2013

Description

A painstakingly researched and lively 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 life to improving the plight of oppressed peoples around the world. 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 marred his image to such a degree that his pioneering human rights work wasn't fully reexamined until the 1960s. "Dream of the Celt" is a fascinating fictional account of an extraordinary man in the original and dynamic style of Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa.

Translated from the Spanish by Edith Grossman.



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.


Praise For The Dream of the Celt

“Mario Vargas Llosa has done an inestimable service to the memory of a great man.”—John Banville, The New York Review of Books

“This vibrant reimagining of history is also a brilliant exploration of conflicting moral claims. Who are the oppressors? Who are the truth-tellers? As always, Vargas Llosa remains a fiendishly clever teacher.”—The Washington Post

“At once a meticulously researched fictional biography and a clever psychological novel.”—The Economist

“Vargas Llosa is a masterful writer.”—The Miami Herald

The Dream of the Celt fully succeeds in capturing the complexity of the man....Vargas Llosa has produced an epic apologia for this most sympathetic of traitors.”—The Daily Beast