Death in the Andes

A Novel

Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Edith Grossman

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In a remote Andean village, three men have disappeared. Peruvian Army corporal Lituma and his deputy Tomás have been dispatched to investigate, and to guard the town from the Shining Path guerrillas they assume are responsible. But the townspeople do not trust the officers, and they have their own ideas about what forces claimed the bodies of the missing men. To pass the time, and to cope with their homesickness, Tomás entertains Lituma nightly with the sensuous, surreal tale of his precarious love affair with a wayward prostitute. His stories are intermingled with the ongoing mystery of the missing men.

Death in the Andes is an atmospheric suspense story and a political allegory, a panoramic view of contemporary Peru from one of the world's great novelists.

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"Peru's best novelist--one of the world's best."--John Updike, The New Yorker
 
"Well-knit social criticism as trenchant as any by Balzac or Flaubert . . . This is a novel that plumbs the heart of the Americas."--The Washington Post Book World
 
"Remarkable . . . a fantastically picturesque landscape of Indians and llamas, snowy peaks, hunger, and violence."--Raymond Sokolov, The Wall Street Journal
 
"Meticulously realistic descriptions of this high, unforgiving landscape and the haunted people who perch there . . . merge into a surreal portrait of a place both specific and universal."--Time

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Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Edith Grossman

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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Death in the Andes
A Novel
Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Edith Grossman

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March 2011
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ISBN: 9781429921589
ISBN10: 1429921587
288 pages
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October 2007
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ISBN: 9780312427252
ISBN10: 0312427255
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