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The Storyteller

Mario Vargas Llosa
Translated by Helen Lane

The Storyteller by Mario Vargas Llosa is a brilliant and compelling study of the world of the primitive and its place in our own modern lives, from the Nobel Prize-winning Peruvian writer.

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At a small gallery in Florence, a Peruvian writer comes across a photograph of a tribal storyteller deep in the Amazon jungle. As he stares at the photograph, it dawns on him that he knows this man. The storyteller is not an Indian at all but his university classmate, Saul Zuratas, who was thought to have disappeared in Israel. As recollections of Zuratas flow through his mind, the writer begins to imagine Zuratas’ transformation into a member of the Machiguenga tribe.

In The Storyteller, Mario Vargas Llosa has created a spellbinding tale of one man’s journey from the modern world to our origins.

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Beautiful and brilliant.

Sunday Times
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A master stylist.

New Statesman
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Startling and intriguing.

Times Literary Supplement
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The Storyteller confirms Vargas Llosa's prominence among even the best of his contemporary South American fictionalists.

Financial Times
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Vargas Llosa's most engaging and accessible book ... I was spellbound, as if by the voice of that storyteller in the circle of listeners.

Ursula K. Le Guin, The New York Times Book Review
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Brilliant ... A whole culture is contained within these dreamy narratives.

Raymond Sokolov, Wall Street Journal
MarioVargas Llosa

Mario Vargas Llosa was born in Peru in 1936. He is the author of some of the last half-century’s most important novels, including The War of the End of the World, The Feast of the Goat, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter and Conversation in the Cathedral. In 2010 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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