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Shvoong Home>Books>Paraiso in the other corner Review

Paraiso in the other corner

Book Review   by:PRINCESAUX     Original Author: MARIO VARGAS LLOSA
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This abstract was translated from El paraiso en la otra esquina
 
The author is a too cultured and studied writer in letters. This work left to light just in 2003. It is not a easy work then always coils with his culture and its names to us until of the streets of Paris. History is developed practically everything in century XVIII. Writer deals with the life of two personages of the real life Flora Tristán activist of the proletariado one, socialist without she still exists the socialism and furious feminista without the woman had political liberties, and Paul famous Gaugin founding painter of the sintetista school. Each chapter alternatively is dedicated to one of them, it never tries to clear them and they never encountered because different times lived. To both protagonists they unite blood bows since Flora is grandmother of Paul son to Aline a daughter of whom happened through orfelinatos by the problems as we see of the parents and with her Paul passes many works. Between Flora and Paul there is much in common its nexuses with France and Peru and something in its irreverent and rebellious way to be in a soñadora soul. And also as soon as that both with great conviction persecute utopias. They never find a pair that it loves to them and to which to give love and finally as far as which they prefer the freedom does not concern whichever bitterness drag reason why the price is the temprana.Flora death divorced in bad terms of an abusive husband who until inlays a bullet to him next to the heart that if they remove it dies. To problems with justice, so that until it loses the safekeeping of the children - who do not concern much to him because he lacks maternal instinct -, one is not satisfied to writing a book against the capitalist oppression, but that visits the workers of factories of France and England to promote its method in the unions and does not matter to him to live as it is. It is going from France to Peru to fight the inheritance of the father who married according to love with a poor French, is not no successful before a very rich uncle against whom it is impossible to fight. It knows the form life submissive of the workers. The Pío uncle educadamente dispatches it of return with a small amount of money. Paul who lives his childhood in Peru worked of married gray clerk with an aristocratic woman of whom he divorces leaves the children that does not concern much either to him, takes a course from painting when he sees that he can sell them with a confidence agent, he takes a Bohemian life with which a shameful disease gains, escapes to the French Polynesian to the islands of Tahití and the remote islands marquezas looking for the most primitive principles, the purest colors of the most virgin sites to make something different from the other painters and is there in where he continues painting until the death.
There he obtains lovers of the place. It makes only one going to France to bring more linen cloths and to speak with its agent but finally returns more convinced of its search. It tries in the site to be one more although never it is accepted by the native ones. Flora is beautiful and good pretendientes appear to him. Nevertheless the men do not fill it and he puts degrading conditions to them, and although he attracts some woman to him in his time in which the lebianismo was unthinkable. To Paul it likes the women, but without thinking it it passes an episode to him of homosexualismo with a native Mahu, thing that in which he believed was the terrenal paradise there is seen like something normal. Its painting of the ambiguous Mahu as of its native models - many were their young women portrays all that misterio.La exit for both idealists as all good drama is the muerte.Flora almost dies of sadness and deception to see that its fight does not prosper, but really is the bullet that is moved until health of supurantes Paul tears corazón.La to him deteriorates his yagas that frighten the women is being blind and dies to forty and years as a result of enfermedad.Hernastri.
Published: September 23, 2006   
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