Vargas Llosa, Mario

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Conversation at Princeton

Neither book will replace the author’s landmark novels, but they enrich our appreciation for this great writer. Written in approachable style, they should appeal to all serious book lovers, not just academics.

The Call of the Tribe

Neither book will replace the author’s landmark novels, but they enrich our appreciation for this great writer. Written in approachable style, they should appeal to all serious book lovers, not just academics.

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Harsh Times

The publication of a new work by Vargas Llosa is always a major event, but in this go-round, though treading new territory, he relies too heavily on recycled themes, indistinguishable characterizations, and documentary to carry the weight.
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The Neighborhood

This new work from the Nobel Prize winner is a fast-paced and well-executed translation of his 2016 Cinco esquinas, literally Five Corners, a more accurate and certainly appropriate title since it pinpoints where the crucial actions transpire. A murder mystery with political overtones and the underlying power of the press, exquisitely wrought. [See Prepub Alert, 8/28/17.]
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The Discreet Hero

Well paced with a rhythm that gradually builds to the denouement, this is one of the most appealing and realistic Vargas Llosa novels. [See Prepub Alert, 9/15/14.]
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The Dream of the Celt

Though Vargas Llosa is on familiar ground in the two jungle settings, the section on the Irish rebellion sometimes feels like a journalistic tract. Still, any new novel by this popular, Nobel Prize—winning author will be in demand, and his gift for plot, character development, and dialog continue in this quickly paced read. [See Prepub Alert, 12/5/11.]
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