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When sexy, sophisticated, older Aunt Julia gets divorced from her Bolivian husband, she heads home to Peru in search of a new mate who can support her in high style. She finds instead her libidinous nephew Varguitas - a young, impoverished law student who works at a ramshackle radio station and aspires to be a fiction writer. Will their love survive the horror of the family? The shock of the community? The considerable difference in their ages? Meanwhile, a new, hotshot scriptwriter of racy radio soap operas, who...
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When sexy, sophisticated, older Aunt Julia gets divorced from her Bolivian husband, she heads home to Peru in search of a new mate who can support her in high style. She finds instead her libidinous nephew Varguitas - a young, impoverished law student who works at a ramshackle radio station and aspires to be a fiction writer. Will their love survive the horror of the family? The shock of the community? The considerable difference in their ages? Meanwhile, a new, hotshot scriptwriter of racy radio soap operas, who turns out stories filled with murder, incest, rape, and perversion, has all of Peru listening in. Reality merges with fantasy as Mario Vargas Llosa juggles a madcap cast of characters and carouses through a world of forbidden passion, in a novel The New York Times Book Review named one of the twelve best of 1982.

Reality merges with fantasy in this hilarious comic novel about the world of radio soap operas and the pitfalls of forbidden passion by the bestselling author of The Storyteller. Sexy, sophisticated, older Aunt Julia, now divorced, seeks a new mate who can support her in high style. She finds instead her libidinous nephew, and their affair shocks both famiy and community.

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"Funny, extravagant . . . A wonderfully comic novel almost unbelievably rich in character, place and event."—Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Uproarious entertainment . . . For sheer wit, imagination, and high style, this soap opera of love can't be beat."—The Christian Science Monitor

"A bedazzlement of entertainment."—Time

"One of South America's finest contemporary writers."—The Times (London)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380637270
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/14/1983
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

Meet the Author

MARIO VARGAS LLOSA was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.” Peru’s foremost writer, he has been awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. His many works include The Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The War of the End of the World, and The Storyteller. He lives in London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2005

    Simply Unputdownable!!

    To read this extraordinary book by one of the most potent writers from Latin America is a pure delight.It is almost a laugh a page!Llosa masterfully interwins a number of subplots with the main plot.The main plot is based on the terribly funny love affair of a young reporter with his aunt.The subplots consists of various radio soaps written and directed by a friend of the protagonist.The ending of the book is excellent too. A FANTASTIC book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2002

    PURE GENIUS

    Mario Vargas Llosa combines latin american folklore, traditions, and stereotypes with the real life story of his life. Alternating between the main plot and several soup operas varying from incest to rape to murder; the novel is pure genius. It leaves lots to the immagination and will surely satisfy the readers thirst for creativity, diction, and entertainment.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

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    Defintiely different sense of humor

    This book was a bit difficult to get into and to read. I persevered becuase I read Noble Laureats and want to learn more about other cultures and places, which I usually enjoy. I did not find this book so enjoyable.

    Desite my frustration with the book, I think LLosa does a good job of writing in a style appropriate to the story. The way the story unfolds in his writing parallels what is happening in the book -- quite ingenious.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

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    Irreverent, funny, touching

    Irreverent, shockingly funny, absurd and at times heartbreakingly touching. Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter is about a young writer/ student in Lima Peru and an outlandish cast of characters caught up in the most absurd situations. It is a wonderfully entertaining mix of part soap opera, part short story and yes even part autobiographical material. This is my first introduction to the Nobel Prize winning author Mario Vargas Llosa. I was disappointed in and perplexed by the use of racially stereotypical material that in my opinion detracts from the overall work. There is just no justification for it. With that reservation it is a wonderfully entertaining book and I recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

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    Vargas Llosa's semi-autobiographical novel is one of the funnie

    Vargas Llosa's semi-autobiographical novel is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. Set in 1950's Lima the novel alternates with each chapter between the story of Marito and Julia, and the increasingly bizarre and confused radio serials of Pedro Camacho. I love Vargas Llosa's approach to storytelling in this book. At first it may seem that the alternate chapters have little connection to the main story, but ultimately they give us deep insight into the mind and soul of Pedro Camacho, and even draw parallels which help us understand Julia and Marito, and the world they live in. This is a deeply moving novel, cloaked in wit and humor, and in the end both profoundly sad and potently uplifting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2011

    A Must Read

    I must start off by saying that the way the story is structured is pure genious. Throught the book varying from chapter to chapter Mario brakes away from the main story line to smaller side stories that get tied back into the main story line as you travel and progress further into the book. Dont want to talk much about the story as not to go into much detain so it would be ruined if you do choose to read it. Which you should at least twice.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    Good, but is it great?...

    The book was good and interesting, especially second half when plots started twisting.
    However, i am not so sure about its' Nobel prize win.. Having read some other winning books, this one doesn't seem valuable and unique enough to me - but it is just me.
    Maybe i expected more from it because of the Nobel prize (i started reading after i heard it'd won the award), but it didn't quite meet my expectations.
    Worth reading though.

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