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“Sons of Bitches.” Lituma felt the vomit rising in his throat. “Kid, they really did a job on you.”
The boy had been both hung and impaled on the old carob tree. His position was so absurd that he looked more like a scarecrow or a broken marionette than a corpse. Before or after they killed him, they slashed him to ribbons: his nose and mouth were split open; his face was a crazy map of dried blood, bruises, cuts, and cigarette burns. Lituma saw they’d even tried to castrate him; his testicles hung down to his thighs.
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Mario Vargas Llosa is Peru's foremost writer. In 1995 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. His many other works include The Storyteller, The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta, and most recent, The Feast of the Goat. He lives in London.
Mario Vargas Llosa
Nobel Prize For Literature