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The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta

The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta by Mario Vargas Llosa is another stunning work from the Peruvian novelist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, author of The Discreet Hero, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter and The Feast of the Goat.

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The Peru of the near future is in the throes of an insurgency. A revolutionary army is taking on the failing government and the US Marines, and the cities have become vast garbage-strewn slums. In the midst of this, the narrator attempts to reconstruct the story of his friend, a modern revolutionary.

In The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta, Mario Vargas Llosa offers not just a brilliant psychological portrait, but also a searing account of Latin America’s political scene.

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A milestone in Latin American fiction.

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Novel of the year ... A brilliant portrait of a hopeless Peruvian revolutionary, it also happens to be technically breathtaking.

The Times
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Tension is ... tightened to the point where one reads on at a galloping pace ... The scope, size and treatment of the book mark it out as another major South American success.

Daily Telegraph
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Llosa's feeling for the pain of his country is as powerful as ever but the more moving for being elegant and elaborate, even cool, in its expression ... A masterly and moving novel.

New Statesman
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An excellent and courageous novel ... Vargas Llosa deserves his place among the best Latin American writers.

New Society
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A terrific novel.

The Times