Search Results: "Mario Vargas Llosa"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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DEATH IN THE ANDES by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"One of Vargas Llosa's best books in years."
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.). Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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Released: May 28, 1998

"Its author may need a cold shower; all the reader needs is the time and place (preferably bed) to sample its very considerable pleasures."
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 >

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THE NOTEBOOKS OF DON RIGOBERTO by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 1998

"Its author may need a cold shower; all the fortunate reader needs is the time and place (preferably bed) to sample its very considerable pleasures."
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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THE BAD GIRL by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"A contemporary master remains at the top of his game."
The Peruvian-born author's latest novel is an impressive logical extension of the seriocomic romances (e.g., Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, In Praise of the Stepmother) that are among his most appealing books. Read full book review >