The Storyteller Paperback – 6 Jul 1998
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Beautiful and brilliant. (Sunday Times)
A master stylist. (New Statesman)
Startling and intriguing. (Times Literary Supplement)
The Storyteller confirms Vargas Llosa's prominence among even the best of his contemporary South American fictionalists. (Financial Times)
Vargas Llosa's most engaging and accessible book ... I was spellbound, as if by the voice of that storyteller in the circle of listeners. (Ursula K. Le Guin The New York Times Book Review)
Brilliant ... A whole culture is contained within these dreamy narratives. (Raymond Sokolov Wall Street Journal)
It is in the chapters narrated by the storyteller that the novel comes wonderfully alive, transporting the reader to a world where men hang suspended in a delicate web of cosmic relationships. (Mark Dery Philadelphia Inquirer)
A fascinating tale ... with enormous skill and formal grace, Vargas Llosa weaves through the mystery surrounding the fate of Saul Zuratas. (Paul Gray Time)
The Storyteller by Mario Vargas Llosa is a brilliant and compelling study of the world of the primitive and its place in our own modern lives, from the Nobel Prize-winning Peruvian writer.See all Product Description
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This novel can be enjoyed on many levels as it reflects and investigates the parallel co-existence in Latin America of the ultra modern and ancient. As the author explains "At the heart of the same society there is a very modern civilisation that participates in all of the most modern technology and ideology and very primitive societies, archaic that are relatively frozen in time and maintain completely traditional structures, institutions and ideologies." As the aspect of globalisation is delved into we are also left with the tragedy of the inevitable destruction of so many rich and intricate cultures.
This short but powerful book with its magical, spell binding narration will by the end leave you re-assessing your own perceptions of society.