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In Praise of the Stepmother

In Praise of the Stepmother

A Novel

Mario Vargas Llosa;Translated by Helen Lane



With meticulous observation and the seductive skill of a great storyteller, Vargas Llosa lures the reader into the shadow of perversion that, little by little, darkens the extraordinary happiness and harmony of his characters. The mysterious nature of happiness and above all, the corrupting power of innocence are the themes that underlie these pages, and the author has perfectly met the demands of the erotic novel, never dimming for an instant the fine poetic polish of his writing.

Praise for In Praise of the Stepmother

“Powerful, incendiary...Vargas Llosa is a master storyteller.” —The Washington Post Book World

“Vargas Llosa is a writer of promethean authority, making outstanding fiction in whatever direction he turns.... Erotically stimulating, artfully self-assured, In Praise of the Stepmother is a steamy as it is intelligent.” —Newsday

“Startling...Not only would an American presidential candidate not have written it but the National Endowment for the Arts wouldn't have given it a grant.” —The New Yorker

“The author is silky....Vargas Llosa has written a genuinely erotic story and a wicked parody of one.” —Los Angeles Times

“An elaborate and lushly written novel.” —USA Today

“Vargas Llosa has tickled all our notions of love and lust, felicity and perversity, teased all our ideas of innocence and self-consciousness, and nibbled playful and ambiguous at every romantic fancy, from the classical to the abstract, the ancient to the postmodern, the sacred to the profane.” —San Francisco Chronicle & Examiner

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Mario Vargas Llosa;Translated by Helen 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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