MARIO VARGAS LLOSA was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat." Peru's foremost writer, he has been awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. His many works include The Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The War of the End of the World, and The Storyteller. He lives in London.
A narrator tells of his college friend, a man obsessed with preserving the culture of a tiny isolated Indian tribe in the Amazon jungle. ``The author's moral conscience and political consciousness are evidenced in this slim volume, less conventional novel than a blend of memoir, folklore and polemic,'' observed PW. (Oct.)
In his dazzling new novel, Vargas Llosa (whose works include The War of the End of the World ) shows that ``story-telling can be something more than mere entertainment.'' In alternating chapters, he tells the story of Saul Zuratas, a Peruvian Jew who becomes an habladore (storyteller) to the Machiguengas--a tribe still wandering the Amazon jungle--and the tribe's stories themselves. The examination of the roles of anthropologists and ecologists in preserving the integrity of native societies is here explicit, and the good reader reaps the rewards of a novel that tackles major political issues as it fulfills the basic human need to tell and hear stories. A well-written work, demanding that we think about the results of acculturation and ecological disaster.-- Vincent D. Balitas, Allentown Coll., Center Valley, Pa.
"Intellectual, ethical, and artistic, all at once and brilliantly so." --The New York Times Book Review"Brilliant . . . A whole culture is contained within these dreamy narratives." --Raymond Sokolov, The Wall Street Journal"Engrossing, engaging and thought-provoking . . . An intricate weaving of political commentary and narrative style." --Minneapolis Star-Tribune"A fascinating tale . . . with enormous skill and formal grace, Vargas Llosa weaves through the mystery surrounding the fate of Saul Zuratas." --Time"It is in the chapters narrated by the storyteller that the novel comes wonderfully alive, transporting the reader to a world where men hang suspended in a delicate web of cosmic relationships." --Mark Dery, The Philadelphia Enquirer