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El pez en el agua (Spanish Edition) by Mario…

El pez en el agua (Spanish Edition) (edition 2016)

by Mario Vargas Llosa (Author)

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Title:El pez en el agua (Spanish Edition)
Authors:Mario Vargas Llosa (Author)
Info:ALFAGUARA (2016), 624 pages
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A Fish in the Water: A Memoir by Mario Vargas Llosa

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    Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa (gust)
    gust: Autobiografische roman die je kan vergelijken met delen van de echte autobiografie

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This memoir follows two narrative threads. The first one is Vargas Llosa's recollection as a child growing up in Piura with his mother and grandparents. He fast forwards decades later to recount his chaotic and often absurd experience as a presidential candidate in the 1990 Peruvian elections.

He wrote about his childhood in a fond, hopeful tone, extending his narrative to his early attempts at journalism and fiction writing. It's amazing how he can precisely trace his inspirations for many of is novels, whether it his from news articles, a brothel of his youth, or memories of his father.

A direct contrast is the tone of the election chronicles. There are some instances of great humor especially about the mishaps and embarrassments he experienced in the campaign trail. As it continues however, there is only a cynical realization for Vargas Llosa that the optimistic reforms and alternative politics he is trying to offer the Peruvian people are things that the citizens themselves may not be ready to accept.

A very enjoyable and lively book. Certainly a top ten in my favorite books list. ( )
2 vote kristelako | May 29, 2007 |
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In 1990, Mario Vargas Llosa decided to run for the presidency of his native Peru, campaigning on a platform of economic reform and stringent counterterrorism against the Sendero Luminoso, or Shining Path. His campaign against (and ultimate defeat by) Alberto Fujimori was the stuff of international headlines, transforming an eminent writer into a politician of world stature. A Fish in the Water is Vargas Llosa's disarming and deeply absorbing response to that profoundly heady - and troubling - experience. This is a twofold book: a memoir of the formation of one of Latin America's most celebrated artists, from his birth in Arequipa in 1936 to his departure for Europe to make his career as a writer, and, in alternating chapters, the story of Vargas Llosa's organization of the reform movement which culminated in his bid for the presidency. In this richly personal work, Vargas Llosa evokes the experiences which gave rise to his fiction, including his stay at the Leoncio Prado Military Academy, which was the basis of his first book, The Time of the Hero, and his desperate attempts to marry while still a minor, as recounted in hilarious detail in Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. In parallel, he describes the social, literary, and political influences that led him to enter the political arena as a crusader for modern democracy and a free-market economy. Offering an unexpectedly intimate look at how fact becomes fiction and at the formation of a courageous and original politician and thinker. A Fish in the Water reveals Mario Vargas Llosa as a world figure whose real story is just beginning.

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El trabajo del reconocido escritor peruano nos ha permitido entrever en los ašnos clave de su juventud hasta su candidatura a la presidencia del Per‚u. Estos son austeras, sin adornos, las verdades reveladas a trav‚es de su prosa hipn‚otica y magistral. La tensa relaci‚on entre el autor y su padre severo y violento, el descubrimiento de su vocaci‚on de escritor como un medio para oponerse a el autoritarismo de los padres, el precoz bohemia, la boda precipitada con la t‚ia Julia (t‚ia Julia) y la intensa, breve pero , la carrera pol‚itica del escritor.… (more)

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