Search Results: "Mario Vargas Llosa"


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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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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 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 >

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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 >

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THE DISCREET HERO by Mario Vargas Llosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Yet taken together, the two narratives don't make a strong whole, rather more a theme and variation that can seem sometimes dangerously close to what Rigoberto at one point calls his side of the story: a soap opera."
The Nobel laureate weaves together the tragicomic misfortunes of two families and several friends in this tale of crime, passion and avarice. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >