In Praise of the Stepmother A Novel

Mario Vargas Llosa;Translated by Helen Lane




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Mario Vargas Llosa lures readers into a passionate world of family life and erotic love with the story of Don Rigoberto, his second wife, Lucretia, and Rigoberto's prepubescent son, Alfonso. Although the group appears to be a happy house, within this small constellation lurk the shadows of perversion and the limitless boundaries of familial passion.


Praise for In Praise of the Stepmother

"Startling . . . Not only would an American presidential candidate not have written it, but the National Endowment for the Arts wouldn't have given it a grant."—The New Yorker

"The author is silky . . . Vargas Llosa has written a genuinely erotic story and a wicked parody of one."—Los Angeles Times

"Powerful, incendiary . . . Vargas Llosa is a master storyteller."—The Washington Post Book World

"An elaborate and lushly written novel."—USA Today

"Vargas Llosa has tickled all our notions of love and lust, felicity and perversity, teased all our ideas of innocence and self-consciousness, and nibbled playful and ambiguous at every romantic fancy, from the classical to the abstract, the ancient to the postmodern, the sacred to the profane."—San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

"Vargas Llosa is a writer of promethean authority, making outstanding fiction in whatever direction he turns . . . Erotically stimulating, artfully self-assured, In Praise of the Stepmother is as steamy as it is intelligent."—Newsday

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  • Mario Vargas Llosa;Translated by Helen Lane

  • Mario Vargas Llosa is the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his cartography of the structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat." Peru's foremost writer, he has been awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. His many works include The Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The War of the End of the World, and The Storyteller. He lives in London.

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