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The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta: A Novel Paperback – June 24, 1998
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Vargas Llosa creates a gripping novel out of unlikely pieces. An obscure Trotskyite revolutionary, a member of a party whose membership stands at seven, gets involved in an uprising in an Andean town in 1958. The author-as-narrator is in Paris at the time. He returns to Peru later and in 1983, spends a year trying to track down the people involved (family, colleagues, co-conspirators), to learn what motivated this event and its central character, Alejandro Mayta. He interviews everyone he can find. We jump between these interviews and the re-creation (or is it the actual truth ?) of what happened twenty-five years before. The time line is obscured. We shift constantly between two or more times on every other page, sometimes even on one page. This is a literary trick which some people may find annoying or disconcerting, yet I urge you to stay with the novel.Read more ›
There are three principal themes. One involves revolutionary politics and ideology. The first half of the novel contains a brilliant exposition of the dynamics, patterns, and pretenses of revolutionary thought -- somewhat like an updated version of Joseph Conrad's "Under Western Eyes". Without being satirical, the novel is withering in its psychological portrayal of revolutionary groups. (One ex-revolutionary comments that the work of the Revolutionary Workers Party had been a joke: "A serious joke, of course, for the men who dedicated their lives to it and got screwed. A tragic joke for the ones who got killed. And a joke in bad taste for the ones who dried out their brains writing jerk-off pamphlets and getting caught up in sterile polemics.Read more ›
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But it got better and more interesting and entertaining eventuallyPublished 1 month ago by nessa007
I bought it because he won the Nobel Prize. The selection criteria of the Nobel committee are beyond my comprehension.Published 14 months ago by Satipatipatti
Another great story by Llosa. I've read about 8 of his books and I haven't yet had the urge to put one down. Read morePublished 16 months ago by rick from Boston
A Peruvian novelist much like the author tells us a story about writing a novel about a revolutionary , Alejandro Mayta. Mayta is a former classmate of the narrator novelist. Read morePublished 23 months ago by JAK
While I find Mario Vargas Llosa's work inconsistent, The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta is a prose masterpiece. Read morePublished on August 22, 2012 by Jackson Burnett
While this is easily a great book Vargas Llosa's writing style may turn off some. The bouncing between an unnamed author researching Mayta's life and the various characters in the... Read morePublished on January 7, 2002 by Alvie
Mario Vargas Llosa is Peru's most acclaimed writer. In 1995 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the most distinguished literary honor in the Spanish-speaking world. Read morePublished on October 10, 2000 by fdoamerica
Mario Vargas Llosa is Peru's most acclaimed writer. In 1995 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the most distinguished literary honor in the Spanish-speaking world. Read morePublished on September 26, 2000 by fdoamerica