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From the Nobel Laureate comes a politically charged detective novel weaving through the underbelly of Peruvian privilege, translated by Edith Grossman. In the 1990s, during the turbulent and deeply corrupt years of Alberto Fujimori’s presidency, two wealthy couples of Lima’s high society become embroiled in a disturbing vortex of erotic adventures and politically driven blackmail.
One day Enrique, a high-profile businessman, receives a visit from Rolando Garro, the editor of a notorious magazine that specializes in salacious exposés. Garro presents Enrique with lewd pictures from an old business trip and demands that he invest in the magazine. Enrique refuses, and the next day the pictures are on the front page. Meanwhile, Enrique’s wife is in the midst of a passionate and secret affair with the wife of Enrique’s lawyer and best friend. When Garro shows up murdered, the two couples are thrown into a whirlwind of navigating Peru’s unspoken laws and customs, while the staff of the magazine embark on their greatest exposé yet.
Ironic and sensual, provocative and redemptive, the novel swirls into the kind of restless realism that has become Mario Vargas Llosa’s signature style. A twisting, unpredictable tale, The Neighborhood is at once a scathing indictment of Fujimori’s regime and a crime thriller that evokes the vulgarity of freedom in a corrupt system.
In the star-studded world of the Latin American novel, Mario Vargas Llosa is a supernova.
‘A bona fide literary giant, Peru’s most celebrated author and Nobel Laureate tackles political corruption, the hazards of extreme wealth and erotic intrigues in his latest novel. The story follows Enrique, a high-profile businessman who receives a visit from the editor of a notorious gossip magazine which unleashes a twisting tale of murder, affairs, wealth and corruption.’
‘This novel, a gritty depiction of a society grounded in corruption, hedonism and violence, may be a sendup of life in Peru before the downfall of Alberto Fujimori in 2000, but it has contemporary relevance for many countries. When civic life becomes degraded, Vargas Llosa demonstrates, everyone is affected, the rich and the poor, the high and the low, the victim and the victimizer.’
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