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Product Details

  • Series: Libros DB
  • Paperback: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Editorial Argos Vergara (1979)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8470176803
  • ISBN-13: 978-8470176807
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,903,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: Spanish

About the Author

Mario Vargas Llosa (Per, 1936) has received many literary awards, including the Premio Biblioteca Breve, Premio Prncipe de Asturias, Premio de la Crtica Espaola, and Premio Nacional de Novela (Per). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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MARIO VARGAS LLOSA was born in Arequipa, Peru, in 1936. In 1958 he earned a scholarship to study in Madrid, and later he lived in Paris. His first story collection, The Cubs and Other Stories, was published in 1959. Vargas Llosa's reputation grew with the publication in 1963 of The Time of the Hero, a controversial novel about the politics of his country. The Peruvian military burned a thousand copies of the book. He continued to live abroad until 1980, returning to Lima just before the restoration of democratic rule.

A man of politics as well as literature, Vargas Llosa served as president of PEN International from 1977 to 1979, and headed the government commission to investigate the massacre of eight journalists in the Peruvian Andes in 1983.

Vargas Llosa has produced critical studies of García Márquez, Flaubert, Sartre, and Camus, and has written extensively on the roots of contemporary fiction. For his own work, he has received virtually every important international literary award. Vargas Llosa's works include The Green House (1968) and Conversation in the Cathedral (1975), about which Suzanne Jill Levine for The New York Times Book Review said: "With an ambition worthy of such masters of the 19th-century novel as Balzac, Dickens and Galdós, but with a technical skill that brings him closer to the heirs of Flaubert and Henry James . . . Mario Vargas Llosa has [created] one of the largest narrative efforts in contemporary Latin American letters." In 1982, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter to broad critical acclaim. In 1984, FSG published the bestselling The War of the End of the World, winner of the Ritz Paris Hemingway Award. The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta was published in 1986. The Perpetual Orgy, Vargas Llosa's study of Flaubert and Madame Bovary, appeared in the winter of 1986, and a mystery, Who Killed Palomino Molero?, the year after. The Storyteller, a novel, was published to great acclaim in 1989. In 1990, FSG published In Praise of the Stepmother, also a bestseller. Of that novel, Dan Cryer wrote: "Mario Vargas Llosa is a writer of promethean authority, making outstanding fiction in whatever direction he turns" (Newsday).

In 1990, Vargas Llosa ran for the presidency of his native Peru. In 1994, FSG published his memoir, A Fish in the Water, in which he recorded his campaign experience. In 1994, Vargas Llosa was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and, in 1995, the Jerusalem Prize, which is awarded to writers whose work expresses the idea of the freedom of the individual in society. In 1996, Death in the Andes, Vargas Llosa's next novel, was published to wide acclaim. Making Waves, a collection of his literary and political essays, was published in 1997; The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto, a novel, was published in 1998; The Feast of the Goat, which sold more than 400,000 copies in Spanish-language, was published in English in 2001; The Language of Passion, his most recent collection of nonfiction essays on politics and culture, was published by FSG in June 2003. The Way to Paradise, a novel, was published in November 2003; The Bad Girl, a novel, was published in the U.S. by FSG in October, 2007. His most recent novel, El Sueño del Celta, will be published in 2011 or 2012. Two works of nonfiction are planned for the near future as well.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By arpard fazakas on October 25, 2011
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This work, the author's second major novel, is an intimate and nuanced exploration of the relationship between Peruvian "cristianos" and the native Amazonian peoples of the country, including the impact of Catholicism, the trade in rubber and other commodities, and the pervasive sexism and male dominance characteristic of the culture. I read it in Spanish and was at first daunted and then fascinated by the author's striking mixed style, which repeatedly shifts from standard descriptive prose and dialogue to stream of consciousness to a peculiar and in my experience unique kind of free-form rapid alternation in time and place, sometimes repeatedly within a single paragraph. His vocabulary is rich and allusive. There were many times when a sentence with numerous unfamiliar words nonetheless conveyed a clear meaning, whether humorous, dramatic, or tragic, and which could be read aloud for the sheer pleasure of pronouncing and listening to the music of the language. Although this work does not have the same dramatic plot climax as in "La Ciudad y Los Perros", it nonetheless contains many surprises. Well worth reading, either in the original if you have the inclination, or in translation.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Luis Méndez on February 2, 2000
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es un libro intenso, en el que se siente la fuerza narrativa de vargas llosa. en realidad a veces crees estar en esa selva donde pasan semanas y llueve a cantaros. muy recomendado, es vargas llosa en uno de sus mejores momentos.
Luis Mendez
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carol J. Moore on November 23, 2010
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Great literature, but hard going as he uses a lot of Quechua words that are not in my 500-page Spanish Dictionary.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gloria E. Natiello on June 29, 2010
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Even though Vargas Llosa is one of my favorite writers, I have negative comments about this book. It is very difficult reading, I could not finish it, it was kind of boring. The story wonders for too long...definitely not one of my favorite books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaime F. Sanchez on April 23, 2011
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Indudablemente uno de los libros mas importantes de Vargas Llosa. La linea narrativa es inteligente; los recursos del tiempo una y otra vez sorprenden al lector. En fin, una obra clasica de la nueva literatura latinoamericana.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mikael paajanen on March 21, 2009
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mixed feelings about this one... very hard reading yet interesting style... tyring but somehow captivating... too difficult for me.
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Indudablemente una de las mejores Novelas de Vargas Llosa, que sorprende por lo intenso de la historia, por los personajes tan bien logrados y que atrapan al lector gratamente. Las historias que se cuentan son descarnadas, donde cada personaje trata de sobrevivir haciendo todo tipo de cosas, cosas que cualquiera de nosotros podría hacer, que sorprenden y en ocaciones causan indignación.

Tiene frases memorables que sólo Vargas Llosa podía contar:

- ...hay que masatearlos, que se enborrachen juntos, se matan o se hacen amigos.
- ¿Nunca tuvo miedo el patrón? Nunca tuvo, porque los pobres que tienen miedo se quedan pobres para toda la vida.

La historia se muestra como un rompecabezas, al inicio solo vemos retazos de la historia pero a medida que avanza estas historias se complementan, se unen y al final forman un todo. Tiene personajes muy bien logrados como Fushía, Lalita y el practico Nieves.
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