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  • THE NEIGHBORHOOD

    Mario Vargas Llosa

    • Faber
    • 1 Novembre 2018

    From the Nobel Laureate comes a politically charged detective novel weaving through the underbelly of Peruvian privilege. 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 exposes. 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 expose 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.

  • Ludwig Wittgenstein has captured the popular imagination as the modern Socrates, the fascinating master of enigmatic reasoning who, with his icy logic, convinced Bertrand Russell that there was a hippo in the room. He is an icon of modernism, but what did he really say?

  • THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

    Mario Vargas Llosa

    • Faber
    • 5 Avril 2018

    From the Nobel Laureate comes a politically charged detective novel weaving through the underbelly of Peruvian privilege. 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 exposes. 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 expose 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.

  • An erotic novel in which, little by little, the shadow of perversion darkens the extraordinary happiness and harmony of the characters. The mysterious nature of happiness and the corrupting power of innocence are the book's main themes.

  • A powerful social satire which outraged the authorities of the author's native Peru, where 1000 copies were publicly burned.

  • Medico geniale, filosofo e alchimista, dissacratore e scapigliato, combatté contro le autorità mediche, religiose e politiche del suo tempo e per questo, mai uomo ebbe tanti nemici e fu tanto criticato. Nello stesso tempo, mai uomo ebbe tanti seguaci e fu tanto ammirato. Nessuno meglio di lui - Philippus Aureolus Theophrast Bombast von Hohenheim, conosciuto come Paracelso - incarnò la figura dello scienziato rivoluzionario. Ancora oggi, rimane una delle figure più sfuggenti e misteriose della storia del pensiero occidentale. Studiò, operò e viaggiò in quasi tutto il mondo allora conosciuto, negli anni più irrequieti del Rinascimento, muovendosi tra i roghi dell'Inquisizione in piena attività, e i primi bagliori della rivoluzione scientifica. Fu chiamato «Lutero della medicina», ma scoprì la differenza tra vene e arterie, intuì che il fegato filtra il sangue e inventò la iatrochimica, ossia la distillazione dei minerali per estrarre le sostanze utili alla preparazione dei medicamenti. All'inseguimento di una medicina universale, che si giovasse del sapere d'ogni ramo delle conoscenze umane, visitò maghe e sciamani, cabbalisti e matematici, cerusici e negromanti.
    Quale sarebbe stata la sua autobiografia, se ne avesse scritta una? Studiare la magia, la psicologia e mettere le basi di quella che sarà la futura psichiatria, perché nulla resti intentato, nella cura di un malato. E ancora e sempre l'alchimia, come unica via per l'elevazione spirituale. Forse ci avrebbe finalmente rivelato se possedeva il segreto della Pietra Filosofale e della sua rinuncia all'Elisir di vita eterna, forse.
    In quest'immaginifica autobiografia, moltissimo è documentato, alcune parti sono ricavate da quanto vi è di leggendario nella sua vita, ma tutto è trattato con la passione che può ispirare un uomo che ha vissuto, più d'ogni altro, ai confini della realtà.

  • HARSH TIMES Nouv.

  • Explores the tragicomic relationship between two artists and their material. While each feeds off the other, the narratives of Mario are nourished by the life around him, those of Camacho by the fantasies engendered by his disintegrating mind. The author's other works include "The Storyteller".

  • A tragic narrative by one of Latin America's leading novelists.

  • Urania Cabral, now a lawyer, returns to Santo Domingo to face her father, Senator Augustin Cabral. When she was only 14, he sent her to the tyrannical dictator Leonidas Trujillo to gain favour, knowing she would be raped and abused. A 30-year rule of fear is due to end with a conspiracy.

  • A controversial novel set in an isolated, run-down community in the Andes. Part detective story and part political allegory, it offers a panoramic view of Peruvian society, of the country's recent political violence, and of its cultural heritage.

  • Presenting a collection of the writings of Mario Vargas Llosa, this book takes a journey through time, through books, and through different geographical locations, plotting the intellectual biography of one of Latin America's most important novelists.

  • A novel of guilt and innocence and the impossibility of justice in an unequal society. In Peru, an airman is found brutally murdered. Two policemen set out to investigate, but they do not even have a squad car and have to hitch a lift and cajole a cabdriver to take them to the scene of the crime.

  • A collection of Vargas Llosa's short fiction whose domain is the Peru of male youth and machismo, where life's dramas play themselves out on the soccer field, on the dance floor and on street corners. The author has published many novels, including "The Storyteller".

  • Unravelling the life and career of the Peruvian Jew, Saul Zurates, this book tells the story of his transformation from conscience-stricken liberal, obsessed with the survival of the pre-modern peoples of the Amazon, into a member of the tribe itself, their chronicler and finally their voice.

  • Anglais The Bad Girl

    Mario Vargas Llosa

  • Urania Cabral, a New York lawyer, returns to the Dominican Republic after a lifelong self-imposed exile. Once she is back in her homeland, the elusive feeling of terror that has overshadowed her whole life suddenly takes shape. Urania's own story alternates with the powerful climax of dictator Rafael Trujillo's reign.

  • Don Rigoberto - insurance executive by day, pornographer and sexual enthusiast by night - misses his estranged second wife. As he compensates for her absence by filling notebooks with a steamy mix of memory and sexual fantasy, readers are drawn into his confusion between imagination and reality.

  • A rare study of passion, ambition and the determined pursuit of greatness in the face of illness, death and conservative forces, The Way to Paradise shows a contemporary master at the peak of his powers. 'In Mario Vargas Llosa's latest novel there are two stories - that of Paul Gaugin, the Post-Impressionist painter, and that of Paul Gaugin's grandmother, Flora Tristan . . . what makes this novel so illuminating is the continuity between their parallel lives . . . Gaugin and Flora may have thought they were masters of their own destiny, but this novel powerfully suggests that even that may have been an illusion - like paradise itself.' Literary Review ' The Way to Paradise weaves an extraordinary rich double fantasia around Gaugin's life, strenuously explores qualities in the works, and sets moral issues in a far wilder, more real historical world . . . Riveting stuff, beautifully written, wild, exact, and visually stunning.' Independent

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