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Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter ebook ISBN: 0571268242
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 384 
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'A comic novel on the grand scale written with tremendous confidence and verve. Mario, 18-year-old law student and radio news-editor, falls scandalously for his Aunt Julia, the 32-year-old divorced wife of a cousin, and the progressively lunatic story of this affair is interwoven with episodes from a series of radio soap-operas written by his friend Pedro Comacho. Vargas Llosa's huge energy and inventiveness is extravagant and fabulously funny.' New Statesman

The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto

The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto ebook ISBN: 1429900644
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 272 
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Set in Lima, the novel tells of a love story whose participants may be the fictional characters of Don Rigoberto. With his usual sly assurance, Vargas Llosa keeps the reader guessing which episodes are real and which issue from the Don's imagination; the resulting novel, an aggregate of reality and fantasy, is sexy, funny, disquieting, and unfailingly compelling.

A Writer's Reality

A Writer's Reality ebook ISBN: 0571303269
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 192 
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In this book, Vargas Llosa invites readers to enter into his confidence as he unravels six of his own novels and two other works of fundamental importance to him. Vargas Llosa's native Peru, the setting and character of much of his fiction, is at the centre of his piece on "The Chronicles of the Birth of Peru" - the powerful account of the discovery and conquest of Peru by the Spaniards - which Vargas Llosa describes as "novels disguised as history". In other chapters, Vargas Llosa tells how his method of writing has evolved, discusses his attraction to Sartre's work and his days at military school, describes what it was like at nine to see the ocean for the first time, and explains the process of changing the dead language of "soap operas" (as in his own "Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter") into the living language of serious art. He also relates why "The War of the End of the World" is his personal favourite among his novels. Throughout A Writer's Reality, Vargas Llosa focusses on what he sees as a central metaphor for the writer's task - to transform lies into truth.

The Neighborhood

The Neighborhood ebook ISBN: 0374716137
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 256 
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A thrilling tale of desire and Peruvian corruption swirls around a scandalous exposé that leads to murder From the Nobel Laureate comes a politically charged detective novel weaving through the underbelly of Peruvian privilege. In the 1990s, during the turbulent and deeply corrupt years of Alberto Fujimori’s presidency, two wealthy couples of Lima’s high society become embroiled in a disturbing vortex of erotic adventures and politically driven blackmail. One day Enrique, a high-profile businessman, receives a visit from Rolando Garro, the editor of a notorious magazine that specializes in salacious exposés. Garro presents Enrique with lewd pictures from an old business trip and demands that he invest in the magazine. Enrique refuses, and the next day the pictures are on the front page. Meanwhile, Enrique’s wife is in the midst of a passionate and secret affair with the wife of Enrique’s lawyer and best friend. When Garro shows up murdered, the two couples are thrown into a whirlwind of navigating Peru’s unspoken laws and customs, while the staff of the magazine embark on their greatest exposé yet. Ironic and sensual, provocative and redemptive, the novel swirls into the kind of restless realism that has become Mario Vargas Llosa’s signature style. A twisting, unpredictable tale, The Neighborhood is at once a scathing indictment of Fujimori’s regime and a crime thriller that evokes the vulgarity of freedom in a corrupt system.

The Cubs and Other Stories

The Cubs and Other Stories ebook ISBN: 0571268234
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 160 
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The Cubs and Other Stories is Mario Vargas Llosa's only volume of short fiction available in English. Vargas Llosa's domain is the Peru of male youth and machismo, where life's dramas play themselves out on the soccer field, on the dance floor and on street corners. The title work, The Cubs, tells the story of the carefree boyhood of PP Cuellar and his friends, and of PP's bizarre accident and tragic coming of age. In a candid and perceptive foreword to this collection of early writing, Vargas Llosa provides background to the volume and a unique glimpse into the mind of the artist.

A Fish in the Water

A Fish in the Water ebook ISBN: 0571299393
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 544 
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Mario Vargas Llosa's A Fish in the Water is a twofold book: a memoir by one of Latin America's most celebrated writers, beginning with his birth in 1936 in Arequipa, Peru; and the story of his organization of the reform movement which culminated in his bid for the Peruvian presidency in 1990. Llosa evokes the experiences which gave rise to his fiction, and describes the social, literary, and political influences that led him to enter the political arena as a crusader for a free-market economy. A deeply absorbing look at how fact becomes fiction and at the formation of a courageous writer with strong political commitments, A Fish in the Water reveals Mario Vargas Llosa as a world figure whose real story is just beginning.

My Life with Mario Vargas Llosa

My Life with Mario Vargas Llosa ebook ISBN:
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
Author: Julia Urquidi Illanes
Number of Pages: 261 
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Living in a Paris garret with a struggling young writer who has since become a famous author was not fictional for Julia Urquidi Illanes as the wife of Mario Vargas Llosa. This English translation is an incredible but true -portrait of an artist as a young man- and of his aunt by marriage, whom he later fictionalized in "Aunt" "Julia and the Scriptwriter." Married for 9 years, Julia typed the first of his best-selling novels, "The Time of the" "Hero, " only to be abandoned when Mario fell in love with his first cousin Patricia, who is now his second wife. Readers will find this behind the scene account of a writer nominated for the Nobel prize gives insights into the creative processes of a novelist as it relates the range of human emotions in real life."

The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa

The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa ebook ISBN: 0521864240
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: Efrain Kristal,John King
Number of Pages: 233 
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Analyses Vargas Llosa's career as a writer and as an important cultural and political figure in Latin America and beyond.

The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta

The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta ebook ISBN: 1429922079
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 320 
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The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta is an astute psychological portrait of a modern revolutionary and a searching account of an old friend's struggle to understand him. First published in English in 1986, the novel probes the long and checkered history of radical politics in Latin America.

Making Waves: Essays 1962-93

Making Waves: Essays 1962-93 ebook ISBN: 0571303250
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 368 
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Mario Vargas Llosa has been making waves in cultural and political spheres for over thirty years. Making Waves presents for the first time in English a collection of his essays, a journey through time, through books, and through different geographical locations, plotting the intellectual biography of one of the world's finest writers. We follow Vargas Llosa from Peru to France, where he writes on Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Camus, visits the dog cemetery which contains the tomb of Rin Tin Tin, and describes the life of the aspirant writer in the Paris of the 1960s. In Britain, he examines the writings of Doris Lessing and Salman Rushdie, the house in Dean Street where Karl Marx lived, and - in a hilarious and celebrated memoir - considers the transformation of his son, Gonzalo, into a rastafarian.

Notes on the Death of Culture

Notes on the Death of Culture ebook ISBN: 0374710317
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 240 
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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.

Letters to a Young Novelist

Letters to a Young Novelist ebook ISBN: 1429921927
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 144 
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Mario Vargas Llosa condenses a lifetime of writing, reading, and thought into an essential manual for aspiring writers. Drawing on the stories and novels of writers from around the globe-Borges, Bierce, Céline, Cortázar, Faulkner, Kafka, Robbe-Grillet-he lays bare the inner workings of fiction, all the while urging young novelists not to lose touch with the elemental urge to create. Conversational, eloquent, and effortlessly erudite, this little book is destined to be read and re-read by young writers, old writers, would-be writers, and all those with a stake in the world of letters.

Fiction

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Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 10 
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The Discreet Hero

The Discreet Hero ebook ISBN: 0571310737
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 400 
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Felicito Yanaque has raised himself from poverty to ownership of a trucking business. His two sons work for him. He receives a threatening letter demanding protection money. The police don't take him seriously, Felicito refuses to pay up and gets sucked into a nightmare. He becomes a reluctant public hero. Then his mistress is kidnapped, and matters become seriously complicated. And he finds that his troubles have begun very close to home. His fate is interwoven with the story of Rigoberto, a wealthy Lima insurance executive. His boss and old friend, Ismael, suddenly announces that he is marrying his housekeeper, a chola from Piura, to the consternation of his twin sons, a pair of brutal wasters. Ismael escapes to Europe with his new bride, leaving Rigoberto to face the twins' threats, and their claims that he connived with a scheming woman to rob an old man of his fortune. Rigoberto is hounded by the press and TV. Meanwhile, his only son is having visions of a mysterious stranger who may or may not be the devil...

Captain Pantoja and the Special Service

Captain Pantoja and the Special Service ebook ISBN: 0571268196
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 256 
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This delightful farce opens as the prim and proper Captain Pantoja learns he is to be sent to Peru's Amazon frontier on a secret mission for the army-to provide females for the amorous recruits. Side-splitting complications arise as world of Captain Pantoja's remarkable achievements start to spread.

The Perpetual Orgy

The Perpetual Orgy ebook ISBN: 9781429922357
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 256 
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The Perpetual Orgy is Mario Vargas Llosa's brilliant analysis of Gustav Flaubert's masterpiece Madame Bovary. In this remarkable book, "we not only enjoy a dazzling explication, but experience a master discoursing at the top of his form on the craft of the novel" (Robert Taylor, The Boston Globe). It is a tribute to The Perpetual Orgy that it sends the reader back to Flaubert's work with renewed interest.

The Storyteller

The Storyteller ebook ISBN: 0571268226
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 256 
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A visitor from Peru, happening upon an exhibition of photographs from the Amazon jungle in an obscure Florentine picture gallery, finds his attention drawn to a picture of a tribal storyteller seated among a circle of Michiguenga Indians. There is something odd about the storyteller. He is too light-skinned to be an Indian. As the visitor stares at the photograph, it dawns on him that he knows this man. The storyteller is his long-lost friend, Saul Zuratas, his classmate from university who was thought to have disappeared in Israel. The Storyteller is a brilliant and compelling study of the world of the primitive and its place in our own modern lives.

In Praise of Reading and Fiction

In Praise of Reading and Fiction ebook ISBN: 9781429930789
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 48 
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On December 7, 2010, Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His Nobel lLecture is a resounding tribute to fiction's power to inspire readers to greater ambition, to dissent, and to political action. "We would be worse than we are without the good books we have read, more conformist, not as restless, more submissive, and the critical spirit, the engine of progress, would not even exist," Vargas Llosa writes. "Like writing, reading is a protest against the insufficiencies of life. When we look in fiction for what is missing in life, we are saying, with no need to say it or even to know it, that life as it is does not satisfy our thirst for the absolute—the foundation of the human condition—and should be better." Vargas Llosa's lecture is a powerful argument for the necessity of literature in our lives today. For, as he eloquently writes, "literature not only submerges us in the dream of beauty and happiness but alerts us to every kind of oppression."

The Bad Girl

The Bad Girl ebook ISBN: 0571268161
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 288 
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Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl. He loves her as a teenager known as 'Lily' in Lima in 1950, where she claims to be from Chile but vanishes the moment her claim is exposed as fiction. He loves her next in Paris as 'Comrade Arlette', an activist en route to Cuba, an icy, remote lover who denies knowing anything about the Lily of years gone by. Whoever the bad girl turns up as and however poorly she treats him, Ricardo is doomed to worship her. Gifted liar and irresistible, maddening muse - does Ricardo ever know who she really is?

The Way to Paradise

The Way to Paradise ebook ISBN: 0571268153
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Number of Pages: 384 
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In 1844, Flora Tristan embarked on a tour of France to campaign for workers' and women's rights. In 1891, her grandson set sail for Tahiti, determined to escape civilisation and seek out inspiration to paint his primitive masterpieces. Flora died before her grandson was born, but their travels and obsessions unravel side by side in this absorbing novel. Flora, the illegitimate child of a wealthy Peruvian father and French mother, grows up in poverty, and after fleeing a brutal husband, journeys to Peru to demand her inheritance. On her return, she makes her name as a popular writer and a champion of the dispossessed, setting herself the arduous task of touring the French countryside to recruit members for her Workers' Union. Paul, struggling, profligate painter and stubborn visionary, abandons his wife and five children for life in the South Seas, where his dreams of paradise are poisoned by poverty, syphilis and the stifling forces of French colonialism, though he has his pick of teenage Tahitian lovers and paints some of his greatest works. A rare study of passion, ambition and the determined pursuit of greatness in the face of illness, death and conservative forces, The Way to Paradise shows a contemporary master at the peak of his powers.