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Death in the Andes

Mario Vargas Llosa

Death in the Andes by Mario Vargas Llosa tells the story of a series of mysterious disappearances from an isolated community in the Peruvian Andes, involving Shining Path guerrillas and a cannibalistic local couple – a work of powerful narrative drive from the Nobel Prize-winning South American novelist.

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In an isolated community in the Peruvian Andes, a series of mysterious disappearances has occurred. Army corporal Lituma and his deputy Tomás believe the Shining Path guerrillas are responsible, but the townspeople have their own ideas about the forces that claimed the bodies of the missing men. This riveting novel is filled with unforgettable characters, among them disenfranchised Indians, eccentric local folk, and a couple performing strange cannibalistic sacrifices. As the investigation progresses, Tomás entertains Lituma with the surreal tale of a precarious love affair.

Death in the Andes is both a fascinating detective novel and an insightful political allegory. Mario Vargas Llosa offers a panoramic view of Peruvian society, from the recent social upheaval to the cultural influences in its past.

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A complex, gripping and disturbing book ... a peculiar and fascinating story.

Daily Telegraph
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He is a great storyteller, who combines high seriousness with lightness of touch, and this is without doubt another of his great stories.

The Times
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Often comic, always surprising ... Vargas Llosa mixes absurdity, brutality, fantasy and precise observation in a way that few writers can.

Evening Standard
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Unputdownable and unforgettable, Death in the Andes is his most forcible response yet to the country ... whose horrors and splendours continue to haunt his imagination.

Sunday Times
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Peru's best novelist - one of the world's best.

John Updike, New Yorker
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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