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ISBN13: 9780312427245
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Mario Vargas Llosa's masterful, 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

Review:

"Uproarious entertainment....For sheer wit, imagination, and high style, this soap opera of love can't be beat." The Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"A bedazzlement of entertainment." Time

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Mario Vargas Llosa's masterful, 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.

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.  He received the PEN/Nabokov Award in 2002.  His many other works include The Feast of the GoatThe Storyteller, and, most recently, The Bad Girl. He lives in London.
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter is Mario Vargas Llosa's autobiographical novel about a forbidden love affair, a manic radio scriptwriter, and the hilarious trials of an aspiring fiction writer.  The 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 than Marito. The two begin a secret affair. The second is a radio scriptwriter named Pedro Camacho, whose racy, vituperative soap operas hold the city's listeners in thrall.  Camacho chooses young Marito as his only 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.  This classic work was named one of the best books of 1982 by The New York Times.

"Funny, extravagant . . . A wonderfully comic novel almost unbelievably rich in character, place and event."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
"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

 

"One of South America's finest contemporary writers."—The Times (London)

About the Author

Mario Vargas Llosa is the author of sixteen novels, most recently The Bad Girl. He received the PEN/Nabokov Award in 2002 and lives in London.

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84jettagli, January 7, 2008 (view all comments by 84jettagli)
This novel could stand on its own as a comic masterpiece, but is also fascinating for being based on the author's own experience and the ensuing family scandal.

In 1950s Peru, a young law student, Mario, is working at a radio station, with dreams of becoming a great writer. He is forced to come to some concrete decisions about his future when two people burst into his life on the same day.

The first is Pedro Camancho, a prodigious scriptwriter of radio soap operas. Camancho, an eccentric workaholic, becomes a star with his lurid tales that transfix the city. And then, there is Aunt Julia, the sister-in-law of Mario's uncle. A divorcee from Bolivia 13 years older than Mario, the two are drawn together and begin a secret affair.

Mario's life becomes more complex as he becomes more serious about Julia, while dealing with the fallout at the radio station as Camancho's soap operas become more bizarre. Chapters detailing Mario's adventures are alternated with the stories of Camancho's characters.

Mario Vargas Llosa did in fact marry his aunt-in-law Julia in 1955, divorcing in 1964. I do not know how much of the novel is literal fact, and how much might be invented. (For example, the scene of Mario's father sending a note promising to shoot him down in the street after having learned of his son's relationship). The paired soap opera narratives are a marvellous read, though.

This is the first of Vargas Llosa's books I've read, and I heartily recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312427245
Author:
Vargas Llosa, Mario
Publisher:
Picador USA
Translator:
Lane, Helen R.
Author:
Vargas, Mario
Author:
Lane, Helen R.
Author:
Llosa, Mario Vargas
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Aunts
Subject:
Courtship
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.5 x 1.04 in

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Product details 384 pages Picador - English 9780312427245 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Funny, extravagant....A wonderfully comic novel almost unbelievably rich in character, place and event."
"Review" by , "Uproarious entertainment....For sheer wit, imagination, and high style, this soap opera of love can't be beat."
"Review" by , "A bedazzlement of entertainment."
"Synopsis" by ,

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.

"Synopsis" by ,

Mario Vargas Llosa's masterful, 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.

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.  He received the PEN/Nabokov Award in 2002.  His many other works include The Feast of the GoatThe Storyteller, and, most recently, The Bad Girl. He lives in London.
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter is Mario Vargas Llosa's autobiographical novel about a forbidden love affair, a manic radio scriptwriter, and the hilarious trials of an aspiring fiction writer.  The 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 than Marito. The two begin a secret affair. The second is a radio scriptwriter named Pedro Camacho, whose racy, vituperative soap operas hold the city's listeners in thrall.  Camacho chooses young Marito as his only 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.  This classic work was named one of the best books of 1982 by The New York Times.

"Funny, extravagant . . . A wonderfully comic novel almost unbelievably rich in character, place and event."—Los Angeles Times Book Review
"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

 

"One of South America's finest contemporary writers."—The Times (London)

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