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The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa

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Efraín Kristal, John King, Alonso Cueto, Gerald Martin, Michael Wood, Juan E. de Castro, Nicholas Birns, Fiona Mackintosh, Deborah Cohn, Roy C. Boland, Clive Griffin, Kelly Austin, Evelyn Fishburn, Carolina Sitnisky
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  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521682855

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  • One of the major novelists in world literature over the last five decades, Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936) is also one of Latin America's most engaging public intellectuals, a critic of art and culture, and a playwright of distinction. This Companion's chapters chart the development of Vargas Llosa's writings from his rise to prominence in the early 1960s to the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010. The volume traces the development of his literary trajectory and the ways in which he has re-invented himself as a writer. His vast output of narrative fiction is the main focus, but the connections between his concerns as a creative writer and his rich career as a cultural and political figure are also teased out in this engaging, informative book.

    • An up-to-date treatment of the Nobel Prize-winning author's life, work and career
    • Includes a previously unpublished interview with Vargas Llosa
    • Covers his writings across all genres in which he is active: fiction, criticism and drama
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    "This excellent, up-to-date companion offers not only a general index and a chronology but also indexes for selected works by Vargas Llosa and fictional characters, and a list of further reading."

    "The scope and depth of the essays, only hinted at here, make this book an indispensable source for future studies of Vargas Llosa as a fiction writer and as one of the most important intellectuals of our time."
    Malva E. Filer, Literature and Arts of the Americas

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521682855
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Efraín Kristal and John King
    1. Reality, rebellion, and the paradox of power: an overview of Mario Vargas Llosa's literary themes Alonso Cueto
    2. The early novels Gerald Martin
    3. The total novel and the novella Efraín Kristal
    4. Humour and irony Michael Wood
    5. The historical novel Juan E. de Castro and Nicholas Birns
    6. Innocence and corruption Fiona Mackintosh
    7. The political novels Deborah Cohn
    8. The erotic novels Roy C. Boland
    9. The dictator novel Clive Griffin
    10. From Utopia to reconciliation Efraín Kristal
    11. The essays John King
    12. The memoir Kelly Austin
    13. The plays Evelyn Fishburn
    14. Film and the novels Carolina Sitnisky
    15. The interview Efraín Kristal and John King with Mario Vargas Llosa
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  • Editors

    Efrain Kristal, University of California, Los Angeles
    Efraín Kristal is Professor and Chair in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.

    John King, University of Warwick
    John King is Professor of Comparative American Studies at the University of Warwick.


    Efraín Kristal, John King, Alonso Cueto, Gerald Martin, Michael Wood, Juan E. de Castro, Nicholas Birns, Fiona Mackintosh, Deborah Cohn, Roy C. Boland, Clive Griffin, Kelly Austin, Evelyn Fishburn, Carolina Sitnisky

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