Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated from the Spanish by Helen R. Lane
My mama took me by the arm and led me out into the street by the service entrance of the prefecture. We walked along toward the Eguiguren embankment. It was the final days of 1946 or the first days of 1947, but exams at the Salesian school were already over, I had finished the fifth grade, and summer in Piura, with its white light and asphyxiating heat, had already come.
“You already know it, of course,” my mama said, without her voice trembling. “Isn’t that so?”
“[Mario Vargas Llosa] has published a fascinating and often bitter memoir . . . enlightening.” —The New York Times
“[A Fish in the Water] offers a convincing self-portrait of a political innocent sinking under a tide of democratic absurdities. . . . An often funny and cautionary tale.” —Time
“An artful political and literary memoir . . . Vargas Llosa’s narrative skill and novelist’s eye animate the unfamiliar politics, people, and culture of Peru. Essential political as well as literary reading.” —Kirkus Reviews