The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta A Novel

Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Alfred MacAdam

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



Trade Paperback

320 Pages



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The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta is an astute psychological portrait of a modern revolutionary and a searching account of an old friend's struggle to understand him. First published in English in 1986, the novel probes the long and checkered history of radical politics in Latin America.


Praise for The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta

"With [The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta] Mario Vargas Llosa . . . has replaced Gabriel García Márquez as the South American novelist for gringos to catch up on."—John Updike, The New Yorker

"A glittering trompe l'oeil of a novel about the revolutionary temperament—and the nature of fiction."—The New York Times

"Mario Vargas Llosa [is] one of the master storytellers of our time."—Denis Lynn Heyck, Chicago Tribune Book World

"In a way, this novel about an obscure Peruvian revolutionary is a perfect introduction to Vargas Llosa."—Terrence Rafferty, The Nation

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  • Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Alfred MacAdam

  • 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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