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The Bad Girl

Mario Vargas Llosa

The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa is a gripping and poignant novel about a mysterious romance from one of Latin America’s greatest writers.

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When the beautiful teenage Lily arrives in Lima in 1950, fifteen-year-old Ricardo falls instantly in love with her. She claims to be from Chile, but vanishes the moment it becomes clear that she has lied about both her name and her nationality. A decade later, now living in Paris, Ricardo falls in love with a woman named Comrade Arlette, who is incredibly similar to Lily but refuses to acknowledge that she is the same person. For his whole life, Ricardo seems doomed to keep running into ‘Lily’, and to keep falling in love with her. Will he ever discover who she really is?

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An immensely moving story.

Simon Baker, Spectator
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Vargas Llosa has captured the exquisite pain of sexual obsession and the human capacity for cruelty and created a compelling narrative that brims with compassion.

Stephanie Merritt, Observer
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Vargas Llosa's writing is as subtle and sensuous as ever.

Michael Arditti, Daily Mail
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Splendid, suspenseful and irresistible.

Kathryn Harrison, New York Times
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Intriguing and poignant.

Lucinda Byatt, Scotland on Sunday
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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