The Way to Paradise interweaves the story of the painter Paul Gauguin with that of his grandmother, Flora Tristan. In 1844, Flora embarked on a tour of France to campaign for workers' and women's rights. In 1891, her grandson set sail for Tahiti, determined to escape civilisation and seek out inspiration to paint his primitive masterpieces. Flora died before her grandson was born, but their travels and obsessions unravel side by side in this absorbing novel.
A rare study of passion, ambition and the determined pursuit of greatness in the face of illness, death and conservative forces, The Way to Paradise shows Mario Vargas Llosa at the peak of his powers.
Publisher: Faber & Faber ISBN: 9780571220380 Number of pages: 432 Weight: 279 g Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 23 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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