The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa


A small town in the Bahia Province of Brazil is the scene to an horrific battle.  The might of the Brazilian army is pitched against an impossibly ill-equiped band of peasants.

The peasants seem to be winning somehow and inflicting far too many casualties or their vast enemy.

Is it down to good luck? Or mistakes made by the commanders of the army? Or is it due to some divine power of their mystical leader?

The true motivations of the peasants is unclear. Some surmise that it is an English plot to overthrow the Republic and reinstate the monarchy others that it is holy war with the army seen as devils.

One thing is definite that annihilation will be the outcome.

Llosa’s great epic deserves attention as it is a classic.

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