Friday, September 13, 2013

Global Impact: A "Must-Read" Piece: Release of Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa's 17th Novel

COMMENT: Ever since I read my first Mario Vargas Llosa book some 25 years ago, I have had the utmost respect for this gifted Peruvian-born author of both fiction and non-fiction. Clearly, he is one of my favorite authors.

In his latest book,"The Discreet Hero" Vargas Llosa, a 2010 Nobel Prize Winner, Peruvian Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa unveiled his new novel titled "El heroe discreto" ("The Discreet Hero") at Casa de las Americas in Madrid.

"The Discreet Hero" is his first work of fiction after winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010. On September 12th, the book will be on sale in Perú and launched in other Latin American countries, the US and Europe through the publishing house, Alfaguara.

Vargas Llosa's 17th novel follows a plot centers on a small business owner from Piura named Felicito Yanaque, who is extorted, and a rich Lima entrepreneur, Ismael Carrera, whose children want to kill him.

The novel is set in today's Perú and has its emerging cities as a background and, thus, depicts the country's economic development which has brought about critical social change.

 In releasing "The Discreet Hero," takes an opportunity to  reflect on his being particularly “concerned” about the evolution of Venezuela over the past few years, and affirms that the country is “a true disaster, a true chaos,” where “demagogy, corruption and violence” abound.

“[Perú] is a country that rather than moving forward, moves backwards; it has the highest inflation rate in all Latin America,” said Vargas Llosa on Wednesday (September 11) in an interview with EFE.

During the interview, Vargas Llosa talks about some aspects of his book that tells a story of ambitions, blackmails, and revenge and, as he usually does, addresses a few questions on current events.

For the full text of  THE LATIN AMERICAN TRIBUNE's release of Vargas Llosa' "The Discreet Hero," see below: