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About the Author: Mario Vargas Llosa

Mario Vargas Llosa, born in Peru in 1936, is the author of some of the most significant writing to come out of South America in the past fifty years. His novels include The Green House, about a brothel in a Peruvian town that brings together the innocent and the corrupt; The Feast of the Goat, a vivid re-creation of the Dominican Republic during the final days of General Rafael Trujillo’s insidious regime; and Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, a comedic semi-autobiographical account of an aspiring writer named Marito Varguitas, who falls in love with Julia, the divorced sister-in-law of his Uncle Lucho.

He is also a widely read and respected essayist, writing everything from newspaper opinion pieces to critical works on other writers, including The Perpetual Orgy on Flaubert.

Vargas Llosa is also active outside the literary arena, and was a serious contender for the presidency of Peru in 1990 (eventually losing to the now disgraced Alberto Fujimori), an experience he documented in his memoir, A Fish in the Water.

On the controversial nature of some of his work he said, “The writer’s job is to write with rigor, with commitment, to defend what they believe with all the talent they have. I think that’s part of the moral obligation of a writer, which cannot be only purely artistic. I think a writer has some kind of responsibility at least to participate in the civic debate. I think literature is impoverished, if it becomes cut from the main agenda of people, of society, of life.”

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for the year 2010, "for his cartography of structures of power & his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat".


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Paperback, Published in Sep 1992 by Gallimard Education

ISBN10: 2070385426 | ISBN13: 9782070385423

Meticuloso y sabio observador, y maestro del arte de narrar, Mario Vargas Llosa arrastra a una seductora ceremonia a sus lectores, que pronto quedan prendidos en la red sutil de perversidad que, poco a poco, va trastocando a la armonía y la felicidad extraordinarias que unen a tres personajes: la sensual doña Lucrecia, la madrastra; Don Rigoberto, el padre, solitario practicante de rituales higiénicos y fantaseador amante de su amada esposa; y el inquietante hijo de Don Rigoberto, Fonchito, cuya angelical presencia y anhelante mirada parecen corromperlo todo.

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