The Storyteller A Novel

Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Helen Lane




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At a small gallery in Florence, a Peruvian writer happens upon a photograph of a tribal storyteller deep in the jungles of the Amazon. He is overcome with the eerie sense that he knows this man . . . that the storyteller is not an Indian at all but an old school friend, Saul Zuratas. As recollections of Zuratas flow through his mind, the writer begins to imagine Zuratas's transformation from a modern to a central member of the unacculturated Machiguenga tribe.

The Storyteller is "brilliant," Raymond Sokolov noted in The Wall Street Journal. "A whole culture is contained within these dreamy narratives."


Praise for The Storyteller

"Intellectual, ethical, and artistic, all at once and brilliantly so."—The New York Times Book Review

"Engrossing, engaging, and thought-provoking . . . An intricate weaving of political commentary and narrative style."—Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"A fascinating tale . . . with enormous skill and formal grace, Vargas Llosa weaves through the mystery surrounding the fate of Saul Zuratas."—Time

"It is in the chapters narrated by the storyteller that the novel comes wonderfully alive, transporting the reader to a world where men hang suspended in a delicate web of cosmic relationships."—Mark Dery, The Philadelphia Enquirer

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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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