The Dream of the Celt
A subtle and enlightening novel about a neglected human rights pioneer by the Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas LlosaIn 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... show more
A subtle and enlightening novel about a neglected human rights pioneer by the Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas LlosaIn 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.
Publish date: June 5th 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Spanish Literature
enjoyed llosa's novel based on the life of sir roger casement who was executed in the aftermath of the 1916 easter rising in Dublin and looks at his work in congo, Amazonia. problem some people may have with the novel as it drifts from 1916 to his past while still he is still in pentonville prison. ...
It was an interesting read but mostly because of the interesting story of a man, not the writing style. It looks like I won't become a fan of Llosa, I started reading his acclaimed book ("La ciudad y los perros") and was bored after the first 20 pages.
I am not impressed by our Nobel Price winner. It's of course a capable book but not about something we didn't know. The Congo has been THE example of the most brutal exploitation in Africa. So that's history. The 'Celta' himself is not explored enough as a person. Roger Casement himself has a lot of...