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.
From the Nobel Laureate comes a politically charged detective novel weaving through the underbelly of Peruvian privilege.
In the 1990s, during the turbulent and deeply corrupt years of Alberto Fujimori's presidency, two wealthy couples of Lima's high society become embroiled in a disturbing vortex of erotic adventures and politically driven blackmail. Ironic and sensual, provocative and redemptive, the novel swirls into the kind of restless realism that has become Mario Vargas Llosa's signature style. A twisting, unpredictable tale, The Neighborhood is at once a scathing indictment of Fujimori's regime and a crime thriller that evokes the vulgarity of freedom in a corrupt system.
Mario Vargas Llosa Biograpahy
Once a staunch advocate of socialism and a supporter of the Cuban revolution, Vargas Llosa later refuted the regime and became an advocate of liberalism. In 1990 he ran in the Peruvian presidential election as the head of the Frente Democrático but lost in the second round. His experience in politics influenced many of his works including, The War of the End of the World, and his memoir, A Fish in the Water.
Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 and, in his acceptance speech, spoke movingly of the power and influence of reading. “Reading”, he says, “changed dreams into life and life into dreams and placed the universe of literature within reach of the boy I once was”.
A writer with an inexhaustible creativity, his more recent works include: The Feast of the Goat, The Way to Paradise, The Bad Girl, The Dream of the Celt, The Discreet Hero and The Neighbourhood.