Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

A Novel

Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Helen R. Lane

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Mario Vargas Llosa's brilliant, multilayered novel is set in the Lima, Peru, of the author's youth, where a young student named Marito is toiling away in the news department of a local radio station. His young life is disrupted by two arrivals.

The first is his aunt Julia, recently divorced and thirteen years older, with whom he begins a secret affair. The second is a manic radio scriptwriter named Pedro Camacho, whose racy, vituperative soap operas are holding the city's listeners in thrall. Pedro chooses young Marito to be his confidant as he slowly goes insane.

Interweaving the story of Marito's life with the ever-more-fevered tales of Pedro Camacho, Vargas Llosa's novel is hilarious, mischievous, and masterful, a classic named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review.

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"Funny, extravagant . . . A wonderfully comic novel almost unbelievably rich in character, place and event."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
 
"Uproarious entertainment . . . For sheer wit, imagination, and high style, this soap opera of love can't be beat."--The Christian Science Monitor
 
"A bedazzlement of entertainment."--Time
 
"One of South America's finest contemporary writers."--The Times (London)

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Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Helen R. Lane

MARIO VARGAS LLOSA was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 “for his cartography of 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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Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
A Novel
Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Helen R. Lane

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Nobel Prize For Literature

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Picador
October 2007
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ISBN: 9780312427245
ISBN10: 0312427247
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$16.00

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March 2011
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ISBN: 9781429921459
ISBN10: 1429921455
384 pages
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