Vargas Llosa, Mario (Translated by Anna Kushner). SABERS AND UTOPIAS: VISIONS OF LATIN AMERICA: ESSAYS. New York City, NY: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2018. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 275 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of essays. One of Mario Vargas Llosa's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Mario Vargas Llosa's "Sables y utopias" in a felicitous English translation. His personal quest to find the delicate, and feasible, balance between the originalist claims of conservative ideology (which often verges on authoritarianism) and its leftist counterpart (which often verges on radicalism). "Assembles never-before-translated meditations. Distills the great events of Latin America's history, analyzes political groups, and evaluates the legacies of infamous leaders such as Papa Doc Duvalier and Fidel Castro" (Publisher's blurb). Mario Vargas Llosa is the writer/intellectual/philosopher par excellence among the Latin-American geniuses of the so-called Boom: He refuses to be categorized, labeled, and reduced by ideology, whether it is Fascist conservatism, political correctness, or Leftist academicism, what he has condemned as "authoritarianism of the Left and the Right". He considers himself an heir to the great European cultural tradition yet his work is firmly grounded in Latin America's (not just his native Peru's) history and mythology. An absolute "must-have" title for Mario Vargas Llosa collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Mario Vargas Llosa. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Vargas Llosa's signature on this copy is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First American Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Among "Boom" writers, Mario Vargas Llosa has been grossly under-valued for the longest time even though he rarely does public signings. The collectible value of his books will not only keep but keep going up. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Cervantes Prize, awarded to the greatest living writers in Spanish by the Spanish Government, in 1994. Winner of the Jerusalem Prize in 1995. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARIO VARGAS LLOSA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374253730. $100.00

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