Temptation Of The Word

Overview

Choice Outstanding Academic Book 1998

Temptation of the Word offers an ambitious and careful reading of the creative process—the origin of themes and the development of literary techniques—that Mario Vargas Llosa has brought to each of his novels, published through 1996. To understand the novelist's intellectual environment, Efrain Kristal analyzes the entire corpus of Vargas Llosa's writings, his literary influences in several languages, his intellectual biography, and his ...

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Overview

Choice Outstanding Academic Book 1998

Temptation of the Word offers an ambitious and careful reading of the creative process—the origin of themes and the development of literary techniques—that Mario Vargas Llosa has brought to each of his novels, published through 1996. To understand the novelist's intellectual environment, Efrain Kristal analyzes the entire corpus of Vargas Llosa's writings, his literary influences in several languages, his intellectual biography, and his political activism, all in the light of the evolving political turbulence of his times and his own changing concept of literature.

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Forthright comparative criticism without the tics of jargon or pretentious literary philosophy, this is an excellent and eminently readable vade mecum for a world-class author. For anglophone readers, it is unquestionably the place to start in the pleasurable unraveling of the mysteries of Vargas Llosa's fiction.
Choice Outstanding Academic Book 1998

Temptation of the Word manages to do what much extant criticism of this author has attempted and failed at: to give a virtually totalizing view of Vargas Llosa's work without reducing it to one single theme, or siding with one political position. This constitutes a new and original treatment of the subject and represents comparative literature at its traditional best.
—Enrico Mario Santi, Georgetown University

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"Forthright comparative criticism without the tics of jargon or pretentious literary philosophy, this is an excellent and eminently readable vade mecum for a world-class author. For anglophone readers, it is unquestionably the place to start in the pleasurable unraveling of the mysteries of Vargas Llosa's fiction."-Choice Outstanding Academic Book (September 1998)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826513441
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

A native of Peru and the author of The Andes Viewed from the City (1987), Efrain Kristal is currently professor of Spanish & comparative literature at UCLA

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 The Writer's Commitment 3
Ch. 2 The Novels of the 1960s 25
Ch. 3 The Transition 69
Ch. 4 Against Wind and Tide 99
Ch. 5 The Novels of the 1980s 124
Conclusion 188
Notes 201
Bibliography 238
Index 249
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