Books by Mario Vargas Llosa

THE DREAM OF THE CELT by Edith  Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2012

"A dazzling novel of great intensity and power. "
The Celt in question is Sir Roger Casement, who advocated on behalf of oppressed natives of the Congo and of Amazonia, but when he turns his attention to the Irish Troubles in 1916, the British feel he's gone too far, so he's caught, tried and executed. Read full book review >
THE WAY TO PARADISE by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"It's hard to believe, but Vargas Llosa just keeps getting better. What are the Swedes waiting for?"
With matchless empathy and insight, the great Peruvian author analyzes two contrasting quests for the ideal. Read full book review >
THE LANGUAGE OF PASSION by Mario Vargas Llosa
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2003

"Vargas Llosa's many admirers will share that pleasure with this fine collection."
Reviews, travel journalism, and assorted feuilletons from the noted Peruvian novelist (The Feast of the Goat, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
THE FEAST OF THE GOAT by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A landmark in Latin American fiction."
The Peruvian master (The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto, 1998, etc.) now turns to the bloody reign (1930-61) of the Dominican Republic's dictatorial president Rafael Trujillo—and its aftermath. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO A YOUNG NOVELIST by Mario Vargas Llosa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"A fine addition to an important body of work that looks more and more Nobel-worthy as the years pass."
Sharp insights abound in this gathering of 11 closely related essays on fictional technique and the attitudes underlying it, by the eminent Peruvian-born author of such contemporary classics as Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (1982) and The Feast of the Goat (2001). Read full book review >
THE NOTEBOOKS OF DON RIGOBERTO by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 1998

Vargas Llosa's most enjoyable novel since his Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (1982)—with which it shares the motif, used elsewhere in his fiction, of a teenager's romantic fixation on his beautiful stepmother. Read full book review >

MAKING WAVES by Mario Vargas Llosa
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 1997

"A fine collection demonstrating that, like his American colleague John Updike, Vargas Llosa has done some of his finest writing in essays and reviews."
A strong selection of the 60-year-old Peruvian novelist's (Death in the Andes, 1996, etc.) journalism and literary essays, spanning 30 years of prodigious, passionate creativity. Read full book review >
DEATH IN THE ANDES by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

An impressive panoramic portrayal of his native country is created with masterly economy in this intriguing political detective story by the celebrated Peruvian author (In Praise of the Stepmother, 1990; the autobiography A Fish in the Water, 1994, etc.). The story details the investigation performed in a remote Andean territory by two government Civil Guard officers: weary, cynical Corporal Lituma (who appeared in Vargas Llosa's Who Killed Palomino Molero?, 1987) and his young adjutant, Tomas Carreo. Read full book review >

A FISH IN THE WATER by Mario Vargas Llosa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Essential political as well as literary reading."
In this artful political and literary memoir, the 57-year-old Peruvian author (In Praise of the Stepmother, 1990, etc.) and presidential candidate demonstrates the conflict between ideals and politics, art and power. Read full book review >
IN PRAISE OF THE STEPMOTHER by Helen Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"But readers will find themselves more intrigued by the silkiness of Vargas Llosa's control (in this respect, he has become Calvino's heir), by the suavity of his allegorical turn of mind."
A particularly mandarin performance by Vargas Llosa this time out, art- and sex-imbued, with color reproductions of paintings that set the tonal ranges of the chapters. Read full book review >
THE STORYTELLER by Helen Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1989

"Unsatisfying and cobbled-up."
Vargas Llosa is so skilled and intelligent that when a merely good idea gets caught in his head, it has a tendency to be played out (Updike's another writer like this). Read full book review >
WHO KILLED PALOMINO MOLERO? by Alfred Mac Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1987

"More in the vein of Aunt Julia and the Screenwriter than his other recent novels, the playfulness is the thing here, and hard to resist."
A comic police-procedural, of all things—far lighter in tone than the equally investigatory The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta but also a better example of how deftly and smartly Vargas Llosa can cut the fictional cards (and how deeply he's been thinking about the properties of narrative). Read full book review >
THE PERPETUAL ORGY by Helen Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1986

"A lively study of the writer's craft."
A vivacious and wonderfully immoderate study of the great novel and its creator by the Peruvian novelist. Read full book review >
THE REAL LIFE OF ALEJANDRO MAYTA by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1985

"But to North American readers, this book, like its predecessor, may seem not quite worth all the authorial effort."
Like Vargas Llosa's previous book, The War of the End of the World, this (far-more-readable) novel uses the illusions of revolution as its text and pretext: the subject is the reconstruction of the life and the impulses of a small-time Peruvian Trotskyite who got involved only once—but disastrously—in action. Read full book review >
THE WAR OF THE END OF THE WORLD by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 1984

"In sum, then: an odd combination of cardboard and passionate horror—with grim, rich rewards for those readers willing to plow through the book's early, stodgy chapters."
With few of the sly narrative flourishes that distinguish most of his fiction, Vargas Llosa now offers a vast historical novel tightly focused on an 1890s rebellion in the Bahia state of Brazil—by followers (called jagunÇos) of an apocalyptic religious figure, dubbed "The Counselor," in the little town of Canudos. Read full book review >
AUNT JULIA AND THE SCRIPTWRITER by Helen Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1982

"All done with the fondest savoring of the virtues of truly popular culture, innocence, imagination: a graceful, untaxing, sweetly subtle book."
Of all the major South American novelists, Vargas Llosa may be the sunniest: he never tries too hard to hold back a sophisticated yet honest amusement at how oddly life usually moves around; his stories of 1950s Lima and Peru have a vernal lilt as well as an expected complexity. Read full book review >
THE CUBS AND OTHER STORIES by Ronald J. Christ
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 1979

"Nicely rendered into English—no easy task in "The Cubs"—this early work is open and airy, graceful but hardly compelling."
Catching up on some earlier Vargas Llosa. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN PANTOJA AND THE SPECIAL SERVICE by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 1977

"The quasi-scientific posturings of the modern military mind do come off smartly, but the satire is so local, tailored to such modest dimensions, that this is a book which seems forever to be clearing its throat before trying to involve us once again."
Plugged in together here are Vargas Llosa's two favorite thematic wires, prostitution and the military; the music that results is of a much lighter variety than the basso profundo of his earlier books. Read full book review >
CONVERSATION IN THE CATHEDRAL by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 1974

"On the whole a disappointing performance from a novelist whose earlier Time of the Hero and Green House were superior."
Vargas Llosa takes the epigraph for his tome from Balzac: ". . .the novel is the private history of nations." Read full book review >
THE GREEN HOUSE by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 1968

"The novel, which won the Romulo Gallegos Award, is a heady overwrought mixture of misty sociology and fable."
The Green House is a big, sprawling symbolic novel about dream and reality, the city of Piura and the Jungle and desert which embrace it, and the shabby folklore and quixotic adventures which make up its human condition. Read full book review >
THE TIME OF THE HERO by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 1966

Not since Calder Willingham's End as a Man has there been such an unflinching view of life within a military academy, this time in contemporary Peru where 1000 copies of this book were burned at the Leoncio Prado Military Academy, its site. Read full book review >