Mario Vargas Llosa's my favorite
Posted by Fausta on July 29, 1998 at 14:36:41:
In response to I don't quite like Borges..., written by Constanza on July 28, 1998 at 18:18:50
If you are interested in reading some Latin American writers, read anything by Mario Vargas Llosa. His Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter is a good introduction. Also, Who Killed Palomino Molero is a terrific crime novel. His favorite book, of the dozens he's written, is The War At The End Of The World, a more involved and difficult book. Death In The Andes, a more recent work, the retelling of a Greek myth in an Andean setting, is very raw.
I have a brief review of , his autobiography, on my page, if you'd like to read it. He also has written extensively about literature, since he has a Ph.D. on the subject.
MVLl is a master of the Spanish language, and while the translations are excellent, it is a treat to read the original Spanish text.
I had the privilege of attenting his lectures at a nearby university and he's also an extraordinary and very supportive teacher. He greatly admires The Kingdom Of This World, by Carpentier, one of the books he discussed.
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