The Time of the Hero has been acclaimed by critics around the world as one of the outstanding Spanish novels of recent decades. In the author's native Peru, this powerful social satire so outraged the authorities that a thousand copies were publicly burned.
The novel is set in Leoncio Prado Military Academy in Lima, where a group of cadets attempt to break out of the vicious round of sadistic ragging, military discipline, confinement and boredom. But their pranks set off a cycle of betrayal, murder and revenge which jeopardizes the entire military hierarchy.
'A work of undeniable power and skill.' Sunday Telegraph
Publisher: Faber & Faber ISBN: 9780571173204 Number of pages: 384 Weight: 297 g Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 24 mm Edition: Main
Mario Vargas Llosa
Born in Arequipa Peru’s second largest city in 1936, author, playwright, politician and essayist Mario Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America’s most prestigious and prolific writers. Vargas Llosa spent his childhood variously in in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Piura - a city in the north of Peru - before moving to Lima as a young man. His university education coincided with the rise of the dictator Manuel Odría and his observation of that period influenced the early novels which brought him to public attention, including The Time of the Hero, The Green House and Conversation in the Cathedral. Often deeply personal, the influence of his own family life can be seen in novels such as Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter and In Praise of the Stepmother.
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