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La lectura te provocará el impulso de salir corriendo en busca de los libros de que habla Vargas Llosa. -- Rosa Mora, El País , Junio 10, 2002

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Alfaguara; Spanish edition (June 2002)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8420464309
  • ISBN-13: 978-8420464305
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,584,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"La verdad de las mentiras" contains many essays written by Vargas Llosa, regarding books that made a permanent impression on him. For example, he wrote essays on "The heart of darkness" (Joseph Conrad), "Dubliners" (James Joyce), "Manhattan Transfer" (John Dos Passos), "Mrs. Dalloway" (Virginia Woolf), "The great Gatsby" (F. S. Fitzgerald), "Nadja" (André Breton), "The human condition" (André Malraux), "Animal farm" (George Orwell), "Doctor Zhivago" (B. Pasternak), and many more...
Not only are those essays very interesting to read, due to the fact that his prose is incredibly fluent, but they also allow you to know something about the books you haven't managed to read yet, turning this book into an useful guide :)
"La verdad de las mentiras " ("The truth of lies") includes an introductory essay, where Vargas Llosas reflects on literature, life, and what kind of truth can be found in the "lies" that authors like him write. He says, for example, that "Una ficción lograda encarna la subjetividad de una época y por eso las novelas, aunque cotejadas con la historia mientan, nos comunican unas verdades huidizas y evanescentes que escapan siempre a los descriptores científicos de la realidad".
If you can, read this book. It's well worth it :)
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This is a tourist guide to some of the greatest writers in world literature. Mario Vargas Llosa is one of the great writers of our time and he is able to open up the world of literature for those who are just observers. He illustrates how great writers of literature use fiction, what amounts to lies ('mentiras'), to expose more profound truths ('verdad').
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