Conversation in the Cathedral

Mario Vargas Llosa

Conversation in the Cathedral by Mario Vargas Llosa is a frightening and impressive portrait of evil by one of Latin America’s leading contemporary novelists.

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Conversation in the Cathedral takes place in 1950s Peru during the dictatorship of General Ordia. Suspicion, paranoia and blackmail have become part of life. The conversation flows between two individuals, Santiago and Ambrosia, who talk of their tormented lives and of the degradation and frustration that has taken over their town.

In this groundbreaking novel, Mario Vargas Llosa explores the mental and moral mechanisms that govern power and the people behind it. It is about identity, the role of a citizen and how a lack of personal freedom can forever scar a nation and its people.

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A monumentally engrossing novel.

Los Angeles Times
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Mario Vargas Llosa has [created] one of the largest narrative efforts in contemporary Latin American letters.

New York Times Book Review
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A powerful exploration of repression, corruption and hypocrisy, along with the ugly prejudices of race and class.

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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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