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The Time of the Hero

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Lysander Kemp

The action of The Time of the Hero, Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa’s first novel, takes place at the Leoncio Prado Military Academy in Lima, Peru. There, four angry cadets who have formed an...


The Storyteller

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Helen Lane

At a small gallery in Florence, a Peruvian writer happens upon a photograph of a tribal storyteller deep in the jungles of the Amazon. He is overcome with the eerie sense that he knows this man...that the storyteller...


The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Alfred MacAdam

The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta is an astute psychological portrait of a modern revolutionary and a searching account of an old friend's struggle to understand him. First published in English in 1986, the novel...


The Perpetual Orgy

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Helen Lane

The Perpetual Orgy is Mario Vargas Llosa’s brilliant analysis of Gustav Flaubert’s masterpiece Madame Bovary. In this remarkable book, “we not only enjoy a dazzling explication, but experience a master...


The Feast of the Goat

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Edith Grossman

Haunted all her life by feelings of terror and emptiness, forty-nine-year-old Urania Cabral returns to her native Dominican Republic - and finds herself reliving the events of l961, when the capital was still...


Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Helen R. Lane

Mario Vargas Llosa's brilliant, multilayered novel is set in the Lima, Peru, of the author's youth, where a young student named Marito is toiling away in the news department of a local radio station. His young...


A Fish in the Water

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Helen Lane

Mario Vargas Llosa's A Fish in the Water is a twofold book: a memoir of one of Latin America's most celebrated witers, beginning with his birth in 1936 in Arequipa, Peru; and the story of his organization of...


The Way to Paradise

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Natasha Wimmer

A New York Times Notable Book

Flora Tristán, the illegitimate child of a wealthy Peruvian father and French mother, grows up in poverty and journeys to Peru to demand her inheritance. On her return in 1844,...


The War of the End of the World

by Mario Vargas Llosa

Deep within the remote backlands of nineteenth-century Brazil lies Canudos, home to all the damned of the earth: prostitutes, bandits, beggars, and every kind of outcast. It is a place where history and civilization...


The Language of Passion

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Natasha Wimmer

Internationally acclaimed novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has contributed a biweekly column to Spain’s major newspaper, El País, since 1977. In this collection of columns from the 1990s, Vargas Llosa weighs in...


The Bad Girl

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Edith Grossman

A New York Times Notable Book of 2007

"Splendid, suspenseful, and irresistible . . . A contemporary love story that explores the mores of the urban 1960s--and 70s and 80s."--The New York Times Book Review

Ricardo...


In Praise of the Stepmother

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Helen Lane

With meticulous observation and the seductive skill of a great storyteller, Vargas Llosa lures the reader into the shadow of perversion that, little by little, darkens the extraordinary happiness and harmony...


Captain Pantoja and the Special Service

by Mario Vargas Llosa

This delightful farce opens as the prim and proper Captain Pantoja learns he is to be sent to Peru’s Amazon frontier on a secret mission for the army—to provide females for the amorous recruits. Side-splitting...


The Accordionist's Son

by Bernardo Atxaga & Margaret Jull Costa

A celebrated international author, listed among the “21 top writers for the 21st century” (The Observer, U.K.) As David Imaz, on the threshold of adulthood, divides his time between his uncle Juan’s ranch...


Obabakoak

by Bernardo Atxaga & Margaret Jull Costa

"A brilliantly inventive writer ... he understands the nature of storytelling and is at once terribly moving and wildy funny."—A.S. Byatt

Obabakoak is a shimmering, mercurial collection about life in Obaba,...


Dancing to "Almendra"

by Mayra Montero & Edith Grossman

Havana, 1957. On the same day that the Mafia capo Umberto Anastasia is assassinated in a barber's chair in New York, a hippopotamus escapes from the Havana zoo and is shot and killed by its pursuers. Assigned...


Captain of the Sleepers

by Mayra Montero & Edith Grossman

For fifty years, Andres Yasin has carried a grudge against J.T. Bunker. Now, Bunker, eighty-two years old and dying of cancer, wants to tell his side of a story, a story of his affair with Andres's mother. As...


Inez

by Carlos Fuentes & Margaret Sayers Peden

A magical short novel that weaves together two stories, two couples, two different times, and two grand passions

In one of the narratives that comprise this superb new novel from Carlos Fuentes, we are introduced...


The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto

by Mario Vargas Llosa & Edith Grossman

Set in Lima, the novel tells of a love story whose participants may be the fictional characters of Don Rigoberto. With his usual sly assurance, Vargas Llosa keeps the reader guessing which episodes are real...


The Years with Laura Diaz

by Carlos Fuentes & Alfred MacAdam

A radiant and epic new novel that is among the finest achievements of Mexico's greatest man of letters.

The Years With Laura Diaz is Carlos Fuentes' most important novel in several decades. Like his masterpiece...