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March 19 2004
Eight informal essays by the acclaimed author of In Praise of the Stepmother unravel the evolution and background of six of his favorite novels. A witty and candid intellectual work in which Llosa offers both an artistic autobiography and his reflections on the creative process.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co; Reprinted edition edition (March 19 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395622344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395622346
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g

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In this revealing examination of the art of fiction writing, the well-known Peruvian novelist discloses his personal vision of his craft. Based on a series of lectures delivered at Syracuse University, these eight essays delve into what Vargas Llosa sees as a writer's raison d'etre: the transformation of lies into truth. He begins by praising Borges's contribution to Latin American literature, then chronicles the development of fiction as filtered through the history of Peruvian culture; the remaining six essays document the process of fiction writing in six of his novels. Readers will appreciate this frank approach, which provides valuable insight into the work of an artist. An important purchase for Spanish literature collections.
- Mary Ellen Beck, Troy
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Advice to Writers July 19 2014
By LookoutSF - Published on Amazon.com
I am trying to learn how to be a writer. Apparently, most people have to stumble through it; for all except the brilliant, there is no other way. After several works, I am finally getting it. Here is when I rediscovered this book that was bought several years ago. It gives information on Vargas Llosa's development of his writing methods in his first books.

Vargas Llosa shares:

-how experiences in his life were transformed into literature and how this is common, though usually the end product is far from the initial event;

-his discovery of ways of using time and events occurring at different times to illuminate a single scene;

- the influences of military school, political events, experiences with native cultures, and spying on a house of prostitution as a boy were woven into his stories;

- how the writings of Sartre, Borges, and Faulkner, among others, affected his development as a writer.

These are just examples. This is a book for those who know the basics and want to improve their writing or understand literature better although it is not too technical so anyone with an interest in literary theory is likely to enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A writer's reality is the hard way but it is still the best Oct. 17 2002
By Milena Gomez - Published on Amazon.com
To be an author is hard, one strives for originality. That's what I found in a "Writer's reality," an author who is original in his stories yet the ideas are still there. Peru, I found has a lot of problems or everyday things that any author can just grab and make a story about, the only thing there is is originality. But what is it really? The process is the original way the author strives to make the story unique and perfect, thought it made not sound real because fiction is not real,is a still his work(original work). So to any writer that wishes to understand how it worked for Mario Vargas, I advise you to read this book because you, like me might be striving for perfection and originality but if you read this book you will find that if Mario Vargaz did it, then we can do it too. Finish the story and still be original, no matter what inspire or who inspire your idea.

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