- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade); Reprinted edition edition (11 Jun. 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395622344
- ISBN-13: 978-0395622346
- Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,326,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Writer's Reality Paperback – 11 Jun 1992
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The author explains how he used his experiences as raw material for his novels.
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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.