Writer's Reality Paperback – Mar 19 2004
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From Library Journal
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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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.