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El héroe discreto

El héroe discreto

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by Mario Vargas Llosa
     
 

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La novela cuenta la historia paralela de dos personajes: el ordenado y entrañable Felícito Yanaqué, un pequeño empresario de Piura, que es extorsionado; y de Ismael Carrera, un exitoso hombre de negocios, dueño de una aseguradora en Lima, quien urde una sorpresiva venganza contra sus dos hijos holgazanes que quisieron verlo muerto.

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La novela cuenta la historia paralela de dos personajes: el ordenado y entrañable Felícito Yanaqué, un pequeño empresario de Piura, que es extorsionado; y de Ismael Carrera, un exitoso hombre de negocios, dueño de una aseguradora en Lima, quien urde una sorpresiva venganza contra sus dos hijos holgazanes que quisieron verlo muerto. Viejos conocidos del mundo vargallosiano aparecen en estas páginas: el sargento Lituma y los inconquistables, don Rigoberto, doña Lucrecia y Fonchito, todos moviéndose ahora en un Perú muy próspero. Ambos personajes son, a su modo, discretos rebeldes que intentan hacerse cargo de sus propios destinos, pues tanto Ismael como Felícito le echan un pulso al curso de los acontecimientos. Mientras Ismael desafía todas las convenciones de su clase, Felícito se aferra a unas pocas máximas para sentar cara al chantaje. No son justicieros, pero están por encima de las mezquindades de su entorno para vivir según sus ideales y deseos. Un libro lleno de humor, en clave de melodrama, que ocurre en el pujante Perú actual, donde Piura y Lima ya no son espacios físicos, sino reinos de la imaginación poblados por los personajes del gran escritor que es Mario Vargas Llosa. ENGLISH DESCRIPTION El héroe discreto simultaneously recounts the life of two very different men. Felícito Yanaqué is a small-business owner from Piura who is being blackmailed. Ismael Carrera is a successful businessman from Lima who is plotting a shocking reprisal after his two good-for-nothing sons tried to have him killed. Past the men’s differences shines one common trait: both are quiet rebels trying to take charge of their own destinies. While Ismael defies every convention of his social class, Felícito uses a few vital maxims as a foothold against blackmail. Neither are avenging angels, but both soar high above society’s pettiness to live according to their dreams and ideals. In this humorously melodramatic account, which takes place in the booming Peru of today, Piura and Lima become imagined territories inhabited by many of Vargas Llosa’s beloved characters.

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In his latest novel, Nobel Prize winning author Mario Vargas Llosa recounts the stories of two very different men, each confronted by a critical challenge. Felicito Yanaqué is a small business owner in northwestern Peru whose future has been placed in peril by blackmailers. Lima entrepreneur Ismael Carrera faces an even more personal threat: His two sons tried to kill him. How each man responds to his pressing situation becomes part of the weave of this artful novel. Editor's recommendation.

Library Journal
★ 07/01/2014
Parallel stories of two very different businessmen: Ismael from Lima, who is plotting against his two sons who tried to have him killed, and Felicito from Piura, who finds himself being blackmailed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622631193
Publisher:
Alfaguara
Publication date:
09/12/2013
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
258,974
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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