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The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta

The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta

A Novel

Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Alfred MacAdam

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta is an astute psychological portrait of a modern revolutionary and a searching account of an old friend's struggle to understand him. First published in English in 1986, the novel probes the long and checkered history of radical politics in Latin America.


Praise for The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta

“With [The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta] Mario Vargas Llosa . . . has replaced Gabriel García Márquez as the South American novelist for gringos to catch up on.” —John Updike, The New Yorker

“A glittering trompe l'oeil of a novel about the revolutionary temperament--and the nature of fiction.” —The New York Times

“Mario Vargas Llosa [is] one of the master storytellers of our time.” —Denis Lynn Heyck, Chicago Tribune Book World

“In a way, this novel about an obscure Peruvian revolutionary is a perfect introduction to Vargas Llosa.” —Terrence Rafferty, The Nation

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About the author

Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Alfred MacAdam

Mario Vargas Llosa is Peru's foremost author and the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1994 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and in 1995 he won the Jerusalem Prize. His many distinguished works include The Storyteller, The Feast of the Goat, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Death in the Andes, In Praise of the Stepmother, The Bad Girl, Conversation in the Cathedral, The Way to Paradise, and The War of the End of the World. He lives in London.

Mario Vargas Llosa

Morgana Vargas Llosa

Alfred MacAdam

Work in Progress essay by Vargas Llosa

Learn about Vargas Llosa's Nobel Prize

Paris Review Interview with Vargas Llosa

A New York Times profile on Vargas Llosa

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