Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

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When sexy, sophisticated, older Aunt Julia gets divorced from her Bolivian husband, she heads home to Peru in search of a new mate who can support her in high style. She finds instead her libidinous nephew Varguitas - a young, impoverished law student who works at a ramshackle radio station and aspires to be a fiction writer. Will their love survive the horror of the family? The shock of the community? The considerable difference in their ages? Meanwhile, a new, hotshot scriptwriter of racy radio soap operas, who turns out stories filled with murder, incest, rape, and perversion, has all of Peru listening in. Reality merges with fantasy as Mario Vargas Llosa juggles a madcap cast of characters and carouses through a world of forbidden passion, in a novel "The New York Times Book Review" named one of the twelve best of 1982.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 374 pages
  • 139 x 211 x 26mm | 358g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312427247
  • 9780312427245
  • 322,802

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"Funny, extravagant . . . A wonderfully comic novel almost unbelievably rich in character, place and event." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Uproarious entertainment . . . For sheer wit, imagination, and high style, this soap opera of love can't be beat." --The Christian Science Monitor

"A bedazzlement of entertainment." --Time

"One of South America's finest contemporary writers." --The Times (London)
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About Mario Vargas Llosa

MARIO VARGAS LLOSA was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat." Peru's foremost writer, he has been awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. His many works include The Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The War of the End of the World, and The Storyteller. He lives in London.
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13,668 ratings
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4 41% (5,625)
3 23% (3,202)
2 5% (726)
1 1% (172)
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