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Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa, born in Peru in 1936, is the author of someof the most significant writing to come out of South America in the past fiftyyears. His novels include The Green House, about a brothel in aPeruvian town that brings together the innocent and the corrupt; TheFeast of the Goat, a vivid re-creation of the Dominican Republic during thefinal days of General Rafael Trujillo’s insidious regime; and AuntJulia and the Scriptwriter, a comedic semi-autobiographical account of anaspiring writer named Marito Varguitas, who falls in love with Julia, thedivorced 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 otherwriters, including The Perpetual Orgy on Flaubert.

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

On the controversial nature of some of his workhe said, “The writer’s job is to write with rigor, with commitment, to defendwhat they believe with all the talent they have. I think that’s part of themoral obligation of a writer, which cannot be only purely artistic. I think awriter has some kind of responsibility at least to participate in the civicdebate. I think literature is impoverished, if it becomes cut from the mainagenda of people, of society, of life.”

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

Novels & Short Fiction




AuntJulia and the Scriptwriter:
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MarioVargas Llosa 's masterful, multilayered novel is set in the Lima,Peru, of the author's youth, where a young student named Marito is toiling awayin the news department of a local radio station. His young life is disrupted bytwo arrivals.The first is his aunt Julia, recently divorced and thirteen yearsolder, with whom he begins a secret affair. The second is a manic radioscriptwriter named Pedro Camacho, whose racy, vituperative soap operas areholding the city's listeners in thrall. Pedro chooses young Marito to be hisconfidant as he slowly goes insane.Interweaving the story of Marito's life withthe ever-more-fevered tales of Pedro Camacho, Vargas Llosa 's novel is hilarious, mischievous, andmasterful, a classic named one of the best books of the year by the New YorkTimes Book Review
CaptainPantoja and the Special Service (FSG, 1990)
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This delightful farce opens as the prim andproper Captain Pantoja learns he is to be sent to Peru’s Amazon frontier on asecret mission for the army—to provide females for the amorous recruits.Side-splitting complications arise as world of Captain Pantoja's remarkableachievements start to spread.
Conversationin the Cathedral
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A Haunting tale of power, corruption, andthe complex search for identity, Conversation in The Cathedral takes place in1950s Peru during the dictatorship of Manuel Apolinario Odría Amoretti. Overbeers and a sea of freely spoken words, the conversation flows between twoindividuals, Santiago and Ambrosia, who talk of their tormented lives and ofthe overall degradation and frustration that has slowly taken over their town.Through a complicated web of secrets and historical references, Mario Vargas Llosa analyzes the mental and moral mechanismsthat govern power and the people behind it. More than a historic analysis,Conversation in The Cathedral is a groundbreaking novel that tackles identityas well as the role of a citizen and how a lack of personal freedom can foreverscar a people and a nation.
TheCubs & Other Stories (FSG, 1979)
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In 'The Cubs and Other Stories' Vargas Llosa'sdomain is the Peru of male youth and machismo, where life's dramas playthemselves out on the soccer field, on the dance floor and on street corners.

Death in the Andes (FSG, 1996)
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Inan isolated community in the Peruvian Andes, a series of mysteriousdisappearances has occurred. Army corporal Lituma and his deputy Toms believethe Shining Path guerrillas are responsible, but the townspeople have their ownideas about the forces that claimed the bodies of the missing men. Thisriveting novel is filled with unforgettable characters, among themdisenfranchised Indians, eccentric local folk, and a couple performing strangecannibalistic sacrifices. As the investigation progresses, Toms entertainsLituma with the surreal tale of a precarious love affair.

Death in the Andes is both a fascinating detective novel and aninsightful political allegory. Mario Vargas Llosa offers a panoramic view ofPeruvian society, from the recent social upheaval to the cultural influences inits past.























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Pedro_P + 3 + 455 Excellent collection of MVLL... The opportunity to read some novels in their translated versions of English... Thanks for sharing. :)

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TheDream of the Celt (FSG, 2012)
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A subtle and enlightening novel about aneglected human rights pioneer by the Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa

In 1916, the Irish nationalist Roger Casementwas hanged by the British government for treason. Casement had dedicated hisextraordinary life to improving plight of oppressed peoples around theworld—especially the native populations in the Belgian Congo and the Amazon—butwhen he dared to draw a parallel between the injustices he witnessed in Africanand American colonies and those committed by the British in Northern Ireland,he became involved in a cause that led to his imprisonment and execution.Ultimately, the scandals surrounding Casement’s trial and eventual hangingtainted his image to such a degree that his pioneering human rights work wasn’tfully reexamined until the 1960s.

Vargas Llosa, who has long been regarded as oneof Latin America’s most vibrant, provocative, and necessary literary voices—afact confirmed when the Peruvian writer was awarded the Nobel Prize forLiterature in 2010—brings this complex character to life as no other writercan. This masterful work, sharply translated by Edith Grossman, tackles acontroversial man whose story has long been neglected, and in so doing, pushesat the boundaries of historical novel.
InPraise of the Stepmother (FSG, 1990)
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Withmeticulous observation and the seductive skill of a great storyteller, VargasLlosa lures the reader into the shadow of perversion that, little by little,darkens the extraordinary happiness and harmony of his characters. Themysterious nature of happiness and above all, the corrupting power of innocenceare the themes that underlie these pages, and the author has perfectly met the demandsof the erotic novel, never dimming for an instant the fine poetic polish of hiswriting.

The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto (FSG, 1998)
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Don Rigoberto - by day a grey insuranceexecutive, by night a pornographer and sexual enthusiast - misses Lucrecia, hisestranged second wife. The pair separated following a sexual encounter betweenLucrecia and Alfonso, Rigoberto's son. To compensate for her absence, Rigobertofills his notebooks with memories, fantasies and unsent letters. Meanwhile,Alfonso visits Lucrecia, determined to win her love.

In The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto,Mario Vargas Llosa keeps the reader guessing which episodes are real and whichissue from Rigoberto's imagination. The novel, a wonderful mix of reality andfantasy, is sexy, funny, disquieting, and unfailingly compelling.

The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta (FSG, 1986)
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The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta is an astute psychological portrait of amodern revolutionary and a searching account of an old friend's struggle tounderstand him. First published in English in 1986, the novel probes the longand checkered history of radical politics in Latin America.
TheBad Girl
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Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a badgirl. He loves her as a teenager known as "Lily" in Lima in 1950,when she flits into his life one summer and disappears again withoutexplanation. He loves her still when she reappears as a revolutionary in 1960sParis, then later as Mrs. Richardson, the wife of a wealthy Englishman, andagain as the mistress of a sinister Japanese businessman in Tokyo. Howeverpoorly she treats him, he is doomed to worship her. Charting Ricardo'sexpatriate life through his romances with this shape-shifting woman, Vargas Llosa hascreated a beguiling, epic romance about the life-altering power of obsession.
TheDiscreet Hero
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The Discreet Hero, follows two fascinatingcharacters whose lives are destined to intersect: neat, endearing FelícitoYanaqué, a small businessman in Piura, Peru, who finds himself the victim ofblackmail; and Ismael Carrera, a successful owner of an insurance company inLima, who cooks up a plan to avenge himself against the two lazy sons who wanthim dead.
Felícito and Ismael are, each in his ownway, quiet, discreet rebels: honorable men trying to seize control of theirdestinies in a social and political climate where all can seem set in stone,predetermined. They are hardly vigilantes, but each is determined to liveaccording to his own personal ideals and desires--which means forcibly risingabove the pettiness of their surroundings. The Discreet Hero is also a chanceto revisit some of our favorite players from previous Vargas Llosa novels: Sergeant Lituma, Don Rigoberto,Doña Lucrecia, and Fonchito are all here in a prosperous Peru. Vargas Llosa sketches Piura and Lima vividly--and thecities become not merely physical spaces but realms of the imaginationpopulated by his vivid characters.

























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TheFeast of the Goat:
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Haunted all her life by feelings of terrorand emptiness, 49-year-old Urania Cabral returns to her native Dominican Republicandfinds herself reliving the events of 1961, when the capital was still calledTrujillo City and one old man terrorized a nation of three million. RafaelTrujillo, the depraved ailing dictator whom Dominicans call the Goat, controlshis inner circle with a combination of violence and blackmail. In Trujillosgaudy palace, treachery and cowardice have become a way of life. But Trujillosgrasp is slipping. There is a conspiracy against him, and a Machiavellianrevolution already underway that will have bloody consequences of its own. Inthis masterpiece of Latin American and world literature, and one of the finestpolitical novels ever written (Bookforum), MarioVargas Llosa recounts the end of a regime and the birth of a terribledemocracy, giving voice to the historical Trujillo and the victims, bothinnocent and complicit, drawn into his deadly orbit.
TheGreen House
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This classic early novel by Nobel Prizewinner Mario Vargas Llosa takesplace in a Peruvian town, situated between desert and jungle, which is torn byboredom and lust. Don Anselmo, a stranger in a black coat, builds a brothel onthe outskirts of the town while he charms its innocent people, setting inmotion a chain reaction with extraordinary consequences.
This brothel, called the Green House,brings together the innocent and the corrupt: Bonificia, a young Indian girlsaved by the nuns only to become a prostitute; Father Garcia, struggling forthe church; and four best friends drawn to both excitement and escape.
The conflicting forces that haunt the GreenHouse evoke a world balanced between savagery and civilization—and one that iscursed by not being able to discern between the two.
TheWar of the End of the World:
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Deep within the remote backlands ofnineteenth-century Brazil lies Canudos, home to all the damned of the earth:prostitutes, bandits, beggars, and every kind of outcast. It is a place wherehistory and civilization have been wiped away. There is no money, no taxation,no marriage, no census. Canudos is a cauldron for the revolutionary spirit inits purest form, a state with all the potential for a true, libertarianparadise--and one the Brazilian government is determined to crush at any cost.

In perhaps his most ambitious and tragicnovel, Mario Vargas Llosa tellshis own version of the real story of Canudos, inhabiting characters on bothsides of the massive, cataclysmic battle between the society and governmenttroops. The resulting novel is a fable of Latin American revolutionary history,an unforgettable story of passion, violence, and the devastation that followsfrom fanaticism.
The Time of the Hero (FSG,1966)
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Set among a community of cadets in a Limamilitary school, it is notable for its experimental and complex employment ofmultiple perspectives. The novel was so accurate in its portraiture of theacademy "that the academy's authorities burned 1000 copies and condemnedthe book as a plan by Ecuador to denigrate Peru.
TheWay to Paradise (FSG, 2003)
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he dramatic lives of two bold, independentadventurers--Paul Gaugin and his grandmother Flora Tristan, a trail-blazingwomen's suffragist--as imagined by "one of the master storytellers of ourtime" (Chicago Tribune Book World)

In 1844, Flora Tristán embarked on a tour ofFrance to campaign for workers' and women's rights. In 1891, her grandson PaulGauguin set sail for Tahiti, determined to escape civilization and paintprimitive masterpieces. Flora died before her grandson was born, but theirtravels and obsessions unfold side by side in this deft, utterly absorbing novel.

Flora, the illegitimate child of a wealthyPeruvian father and French mother, grows up in poverty, and after fleeing abrutal husband, journeys to Peru to demand her inheritance. On her return, shemakes her name as a popular writer and a champion of the downtrodden, settingherself the arduous task of touring the French countryside to recruit membersfor her Workers' Union. Paul, struggling painter and stubborn visionary,abandons his wife and five children for life in the South Seas, where hisdreams of paradise are poisoned by syphilis, the stifling forces of Frenchcolonialism, and a chronic lack of funds, though he has his pick of teenageTahitian lovers and paints some of his greatest works.
WhoKilled Palomino Molero?:
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This wonderful detective novel is set in Peru inthe 1950s. Near an Air Force base in the northern desert, a young airman isfound murdered. Lieutenant Silva and Officer Lituma investigate. Lacking asquad car, they have to cajole a local cabbie into taking them to the scene ofthe crime. Their superiors are indifferent; the commanding officer of the airbase stands in their way; but Silva and Lituma are determined to uncover thetruth.

Who Killed Palomino Molero, an entertainingand brilliantly plotted mystery, takes up one of
Vargas Llosa’s characteristic themes: the despair at how hard it isto be an honest man in a corrupt society.































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Three Plays: The Young Lady from Tacna /Kathie and the Hippopotamus / La Chunga (Hill& Wang, 1990)
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Inthese three plays—each introduced by the author—Mario Vargas Llosa, theinternationally acclaimed novelist and a cultural and political figure in Peru,explores the complexities of Peruvian society and the writer's imagination.




Nonfiction


A Fish in the Water: A Memoir (FSG,1994)
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In 1990, Mario Vargas Llosa decided to run forthe presidency of his native Peru, campaigning on a platform of economic reformand stringent counterterrorism against the Sendero Luminoso, or Shining Path.His campaign against (and ultimate defeat by) Alberto Fujimori was the stuff ofinternational headlines, transforming an eminent writer into a politician ofworld stature. A Fish in the Water is Vargas Llosa's disarming and deeplyabsorbing response to that profoundly heady - and troubling - experience. Thisis a twofold book: a memoir of the formation of one of Latin America's mostcelebrated artists, from his birth in Arequipa in 1936 to his departure forEurope to make his career as a writer, and, in alternating chapters, the storyof Vargas Llosa's organization of the reform movement which culminated in hisbid for the presidency. In this richly personal work, Vargas Llosa evokes theexperiences which gave rise to his fiction, including his stay at the LeoncioPrado Military Academy, which was the basis of his first book, The Time of theHero, and his desperate attempts to marry while still a minor, as recounted inhilarious detail in Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. In parallel, he describesthe social, literary, and political influences that led him to enter the politicalarena as a crusader for modern democracy and a free-market economy. Offering anunexpectedly intimate look at how fact becomes fiction and at the formation ofa courageous and original politician and thinker. A Fish in the Water revealsMario Vargas Llosa as a world figure whose real story is just beginning.

In Praise of Reading and Fiction: The Nobel Lecture (Route,2011)
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On December 7, 2010, Mario Vargas Llosa wasawarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His Nobel Lecture is a resoundingtribute to fiction’s power to inspire readers to greater ambition, to dissent,and to political action. “We would be worse than we are without the good bookswe have read, more conformist, not as restless, more submissive, and thecritical spirit, the engine of progress, would not even exist,” Vargas Llosawrites. “Like writing, reading is a protest against the insufficiencies oflife. When we look in fiction for what is missing in life, we are saying, withno need to say it or even to know it, that life as it is does not satisfy ourthirst for the absolute—the foundation of the human condition—and should bebetter.” Vargas Llosa’s lecture is a powerful argument for the necessity ofliterature in our lives today. For, as he eloquently writes, “literature notonly submerges us in the dream of beauty and happiness but alerts us to everykind of oppression.

The Language of Passion: Selected Commentary (FSG,2003)
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Ten years of world-class journalism from one ofLatin America's most influential and controversial men of letters
Since 1977, Mario Vargas Llosa has contributed abiweekly column to Spain's major newspaper, "El Pais," Dubbed"Touchstone," and read in syndication by Spanish-speaking readersaround the globe, the column is renowned--in some circles, notorious--forskewering the excesses of the Latin American left and championing classicliberalism and free-market democracy. In this collection of columns from the1990s, Vargas Llosa weighs in on the burning questions of the last decade,including the travails of Latin American democracy, the role of religion incivic life, and the future of globalization. But Vargas Llosa's influence ishardly limited to politics. In some of the liveliest critical writing of hiscareer, he makes a pilgrimage to Bob Marley's shrine in Jamaica, celebrates thesexual abandon of Carnival in Rio, and examines the legacy of Vermeer, BertoltBrecht, Frida Kahlo, and Octavio Paz, among others.
Vargas Llosa is a model of the engaged writer:whatever his subject, he brings to bear the intelligence, wit, tolerance, andmoral seriousness that are the hallmark of his nonfiction. "The Languageof Passion" is the work of a cosmopolite in the true sense of the word.

Letters to a Young Novelist (FSG,2003)
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MarioVargas Llosa condenses a lifetime of writing, reading, and thought into anessential manual for aspiring writers. Drawing on the stories and novels ofwriters from around the globe—Borges, Bierce, Céline, Cortázar, Faulkner,Kafka, Robbe-Grillet—he lays bare the inner workings of fiction, all the whileurging young novelists not to lose touch with the elemental urge to create.Conversational, eloquent, and effortlessly erudite, this little book isdestined to be read and re-read by young writers, old writers, would-bewriters, and all those with a stake in the world of letters.

















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MakingWaves: Essays (FSG, 1996)
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Spanning thirty years of writing, MakingWaves traces the development of the Nobel Prize–winning author MarioVargas Llosa's thinking on politics and culture, and shows the breadth of his interestsand passions. Featured here are astute meditations on the Cuban Revolution,Latin American independence, and the terrorism of Peru's Shining Path;brilliant engagements with towering figures of literature such as Joyce,Faulkner, and Sartre; and observations about the dog cemetery where Rin Tin Tinis buried, Lorena Bobbitt's knife, and the failures of the Englishpublic-school system.

The Perpetual Orgy: Flaubert &Madame Bovary (FSG, 1986)
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The book's first section is a tete-a-tete withEmma Bovary; the second traces the gestation and birth of the novel, as well asFlaubert's method, his mania for documentation, and the novel's literarysources; the third situates it in literary history. Vargas Llosa's first workof non-fiction will send the reader back to Flaubert's masterpiece with renewedinterest.

The Temptation of the Impossible: VictorHugo and Les Miserables (PrincetonUP, 2007)
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It was one of the most popular novels of thenineteenth century and Tolstoy called it "the greatest of all novels."Yet today Victor Hugo's Les Misérables is neglected by readersand undervalued by critics. In The Temptation of the Impossible,one of the world's great novelists, Mario Vargas Llosa, helps us to appreciatethe incredible ambition, power, and beauty of Hugo's masterpiece and, in theprocess, presents a humane vision of fiction as an alternative reality that canhelp us imagine a different and better world.
Hugo, Vargas Llosa says, had at least two goalsin Les Misérables:to create a complete fictional world and, throughit, to change the real world. Despite the impossibility of these aims, Hugomakes them infectious, sweeping up the reader with his energy and linguisticand narrative skill. Les Misérables, Vargas Llosa argues, embodiesa utopian vision of literature: the idea that literature can not only give us asupreme experience of beauty, but also make us more virtuous citizens, and evengrant us a glimpse of the "afterlife, the immortal soul, God." IfHugo's aspiration to transform individual and social life through literaturenow seems innocent, Vargas Llosa says, it is still a powerful ideal that greatnovels like Les Misérables can persuade us is true.

Touchstones:Essays on Literature, Art, and Politics (FSG,2011)
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One of Latin America's greatest novelists,Mario Vargas Llosa is also a most acute and wide-ranging cultural critic and anacerbic political commentator. Touchstones includes his readings of majortwentieth-century novels, from Heart of Darkness to The Tin Drum and Herzog andmajor works by Hemingway, Woolf, Orwell, Camus and Nabokov. There are longstudies of George Grosz, vignettes on Botero and Picasso, and an appreciationof Cezanne and Van Gogh, including a visit to Cezanne's homes in the SouthSeas. Also included are essays on political and social thinkers, from thenineteenth-century feminist, Flora Tristan, to Isaiah Berlin, and contemporarypieces on 9/11, the aftermath of the war in Iraq, and the terrorist attacks onLondon and Madrid. Fantastically intelligent, inspired and surprising,Touchstones is a landmark collection from one of the world's leadingintellectuals.

A Writer's Reality (Syracuse UP, 1991)
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Eight informal essays by the acclaimed authorof In Praise of the Stepmother unravel the evolution and background of six ofhis favorite novels. A witty and candid intellectual work in which Llosa offersboth an artistic autobiography and his reflections on the creative process.








Two books in Spanish

El héroe discreto
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La novela cuenta la historia paralela dedos personajes: el ordenado y entrañable Felícito Yanaqué, un pequeñoempresario de Piura, que es extorsionado; y de Ismael Carrera, un exitosohombre de negocios, dueño de una aseguradora en Lima, quien urde una sorpresivavenganza contra sus dos hijos holgazanes que quisieron verlo muerto. Viejosconocidos del mundo vargallosiano aparecen en estas páginas: el sargento Litumay los inconquistables, don Rigoberto, doña Lucrecia y Fonchito, todosmoviéndose ahora en un Perú muy próspero.
Ambos personajes son, a su modo, discretos rebeldes queintentan hacerse cargo de sus propios destinos, pues tanto Ismael como Felícitole echan un pulso al curso de los acontecimientos. Mientras Ismael desafíatodas las convenciones de su clase, Felícito se aferra a unas pocas máximaspara sentar cara al chantaje. No son justicieros, pero están por encima de lasmezquindades de su entorno para vivir según sus ideales y deseos.
Un libro lleno de humor, en clave de melodrama, que ocurre enel pujante Perú actual, donde Piura y Lima ya no son espacios físicos, sinoreinos de la imaginación poblados por los personajes del gran escritor que esMario Vargas Llosa .

Cinco Esquinas
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Mario Vargas Llosa  crea un mural riquísimo endetalles y contrastes en el que personajes de muy distintos ambientes socialesse ven afectados por el pavor provocado por el terrorismo de Sendero Luminoso,el periodismo amarillista y la corrupción asociada a las esferas de poderdurante el gobierno de Fujimori. La historia comienza cuando Rolando Garro,director de un semanario sensacionalista, intenta destruir la reputación de unexitoso ingeniero de minas con unas fotos en las que aparece en una situacióncomprometida. Todo se tambalea cuando la miseria moral se pone de manifiesto.




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