Tyrant Banderas

Paperback $14.95

NYRB Classics | Aug 14, 2012 | 224 Pages | 5 x 8 | ISBN 9781590174982

  • Paperback$14.95

    NYRB Classics | Aug 14, 2012 | 224 Pages | 5 x 8 | ISBN 9781590174982

  • Ebook$14.95

    New York Review Books | Aug 14, 2012 | 224 Pages | ISBN 9781590175163

Praise

“Valle-Inclán had the sensitivity to capture the essential quality of life in my unhappy, comic, and beautiful country, and his Tyrant Banderas remains one of the most moving books about Mexico.”
—Diego Rivera

“An erotic, anarchic and Galician poet of the grotesque.”—Michael Billington, Guardian
 
“Because dictators have been a staple of Latin history, they’re a staple of the Latin novel. Spaniard Ramon del Valle-Inclán broke ground in 1926 with Tirano Banderas.”—The Miami Herald
 
“The radical innovation in the theater that came after World War I is known here mainly through the plays of Brecht. In Spain, the prophet of this new movement was Ramón del Valle-Inclán. . . Written in 1920, Divinas Palabras actually precedes Brecht’s agitprop dramas.” —The New York Times
 
“It is a dark, violent, gorey work whose unbridled lyricism cannot mask its many horrors. . . . Tirano Banderas, which Valle-Inclán wrote in his 20s, is Cubist in that its writing is highly fragmented, while its range of deep, intense colours is reminiscent of Goya. But its main characteristic is esperpento, a genre created by Ville-Inclán himself. Esperpento is a mixture of terror and comedy, in which a character from tragedy is reduced to the dimensions of a fairground huckster. Tirano Banderas is a farce written with a poisoned pen.” —Manchester Guardian Weekly
 
Tirano Banderas was the first novel to describe a South American dictator. It was written before other authors, such as Asturias and Garcia Marquez. . . . All the horrible things describe in the novel are still a very real threat in present day Latin America.” —Lautaro Murua, Argentinian actor

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