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King, John 1950-

Works: 32 works in 260 publications in 2 languages and 9,428 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fiction  Essays  Detective and mystery fiction  Personal narratives‡vSpanish  Periodicals  Diaries  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other
Classifications: PQ8498.32.A65, 863.64
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Most widely held works by John King
Making waves by Mario Vargas Llosa( Book )

17 editions published between 1994 and 2013 in English and held by 1,198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Translations of 46 short articles comprising a collection of Vargas Llosa's writings from early 1960s-93, chosen for their diversity of topics. Presented in chronological order with some grouped thematically; political and literary development stressed. Locating foreword, index. Excellent translations. Compelling selection, with most recent pieces from Desafíos a la libertad (see HLAS 56:3742)"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58
The Cambridge companion to modern Latin American culture by John King( Book )

27 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in English and held by 949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to the history, politics, art and literature of modern Latin America
Jorge Luis Borges : a writer on the edge by Beatriz Sarlo( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 2006 in English and held by 839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sarlo explores Argentine nuances and traditions through brilliant close readings of specific stories. She shows how even Borges's most fantastic tales deal with philosophical and moral problems concerning the fate of individual men and women and their relationships to wider society
Notes on the death of culture : essays on spectacle and society by Mario Vargas Llosa( Book )

8 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A provocative essay collection that finds the Nobel laureate taking on the decline of intellectual life In the past, culture was a kind of vital consciousness that constantly rejuvenated and revivified everyday reality. Now it is largely a mechanism of distraction and entertainment. Notes on the Death of Culture is an examination and indictment of this transformation--penned by none other than Mario Vargas Llosa, who is not only one of our finest novelists but one of the keenest social critics at work today. Taking his cues from T. S. Eliot--whose essay "Notes Toward a Definition of Culture" is a touchstone precisely because the culture Eliot aimed to describe has since vanished--Vargas Llosa traces a decline whose ill effects have only just begun to be felt. He mourns, in particular, the figure of the intellectual: for most of the twentieth century, men and women of letters drove political, aesthetic, and moral conversations; today they have all but disappeared from public debate. But Vargas Llosa stubbornly refuses to fade into the background. He is not content to merely sign a petition; he will not bite his tongue. A necessary gadfly, the Nobel laureate Vargas Llosa, here vividly translated by John King, provides a tough but essential critique of our time and culture"--
Adiós Hemingway by Leonardo Padura( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a human skeleton is discovered on Ernest Hemingway's home in Havana, police inspector Mario Conde is called up out of retirement to unearth the truth. In the course of his investigations, Conde gradually reconstructs the mysterious goings-on of the night of 3rd October 1958 and in doing so is forced to come to terms with a very different side to the character of his former literary hero. Padura Fuentes cuts between Conde's world and that of Hemingway's Cuba four decades earlier
Mediating two worlds : cinematic encounters in the Americas( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge companion to Mario Vargas Llosa( Book )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the major novelists in world literature over the last five decades, Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936) is also one of Latin America's most engaging public intellectuals, a critic of art and culture, and a playwright of distinction. This Companion's chapters chart the development of Vargas Llosa's writings from his rise to prominence in the early sixties to the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010. The volume traces the development of his literary trajectory, and the ways in which he has reinvented himself as a writer. His vast output of narrative fiction is the main focus, but the connections between his concerns as a creative writer and his rich career as a cultural and political figure are also teased out in this engaging, informative book"--
On modern Latin American fiction( Book )

7 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sur : a study of the Argentine literary journal and its role in the development of a culture, 1931-1970 by John King( Book )

24 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book tells the story of Sur, Argentina's foremost literary and cultural journal of the twentieth century. Victoria Ocampo (its founder and lifelong editor) and Jorge Luis Borges (a regular and influential contributor) feature prominently in the story, while the contributions of other major writers (including Eduardo Mallea, William Faulkner, André Breton, Virginia Woolf, Alfonso Reyes, Octavio Paz, Waldo Frank, Aldous Huxley and Graham Greene) are discussed. Politically speaking, Sur represented a certain brand of liberalism, a resistance to populism and mass culture, and an attachment to elitist values which offended against the more dominant phases of Argentine thought, from Peronism to the varied forms of nationalism, socialism and Marxism. Dr King examines the journal's roots, its development and its demise, relating it to other journals circulating at the time, and highlighting vital issues debated in its pages, such as Argentine attitudes towards fascism during the Second World War
An Argentine passion : María Luisa Bemberg and her films( Book )

11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Diario de Irak by Mario Vargas Llosa( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Touchstones collects Vargas Llosa's readings of seminal twentieth-century novels, from Heart of Darkness to The Tin Drum; incisive essays on political and social thinkers; and contemporary pieces on 9/11 and the immediate aftermath of the war in Iraq. --from publisher description
Modern Latin American fiction : a survey by John King( Book )

10 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The role of Mexico's Plural in Latin American literary and political culture : from Tlatelolco to the "philanthropic ogre" by John King( Book )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Edited between 1971 and 1976 by the world famous writer, Octavio Paz, and funded by the Mexican daily newspaper Excelsior, Plural was one of the most important cultural journals in twentieth-century Latin America. Paz and a group of like-minded Mexican writers sought to build bridges with intellectuals in the Americas and in Europe, and managed to attract a dazzling range of contributors to the pages of the journal. Plural promoted debate on international affairs and Mexican politics, from developments in the Soviet Union, Cuba, and Chile, to an analysis of the presidential system in Mexico under Luis Echeverria, in the aftermath of the 1968 killing of student demonstrators in Tlatelolco, Mexico City. It published new work in poetry and fiction, and developed literary and art criticism. It was concerned throughout with the relationship of the writer to the state, that "philanthropic ogre" in Paz's evocative phrase. King has unearthed many previously unseen documents from the period in a study that places Plural within national and international debates concerning culture and politics."--Jacket
Tokyo doesn't love us anymore by Ray Loriga( Book )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in the very near future, Tokyo Doesn't Love Us Anymore is the story of a traveling salesman floating from arid Arizona parking lots to steamy Bangkok bars to peddle the hottest new commodity for a group known only as the Company. What he has is a drug that erases memory. You can choose your oblivion, be it one mistake or a lifetime of pain, but things become hazy when our hero begins sampling the goods
The Land that England lost : Argentina and Britain, a special relationship( Book )

10 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mexico City through history and culture( Book )

6 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays celebrate Mexico City as a centre of cultural creativity, diversity and dynamism, trace its history from the founding of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan to the present day, and explore how the varied experiences of its inhabitants have been represented in poetry, film, and photography. Looking at the pre-Columbian city, colonial city and modern city, contributors show how Mexico City has grown organically, largely developed by waves of immigrants with new ideas and aspirations. While they have often envisioned the city in new ways, they have been unable to escape totally its historical past, and indeed at times have positively embraced it to serve contemporary political ends. As the city has grown, what it symbolizes to its inhabitants and how they experience the city has become fragmented by social class and ethnicity. There is not one Mexico City, but many. -- Description from (Feb. 7, 2012)
The insatiable spider man by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pedro Juan's adventures with various women feature a kind of modulated macho: he's not particularly interested in any of them other than physically, especially wife Julia, but he's very good at articulating his boredom and their various flaws. His travels around Cuba and his liaisons, however, continue to reveal slices of Cuban life
The garden of forking paths : Argentine cinema( Book )

10 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Southeaster by Haroldo Conti( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Over the course of a season, Boga and the old man have worked side by side on the sandbanks of the Paraná Delta, cutting reeds to sell to local basket weavers. But when the old man falls sick and dies, Boga abandons himself entirely to the river and the life of solitary dirfting he has long yearned for."--Back cover
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The Cambridge companion to modern Latin American culture
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King, John 1950-...

King, John III

King, John Peter 1950-

King, John Sewell 1950-

English (195)

Spanish (10)

The Cambridge companion to modern Latin American cultureJorge Luis Borges : a writer on the edgeAdiós HemingwayMediating two worlds : cinematic encounters in the AmericasThe Cambridge companion to Mario Vargas LlosaSur : a study of the Argentine literary journal and its role in the development of a culture, 1931-1970An Argentine passion : María Luisa Bemberg and her filmsDiario de Irak