The Time of the Hero

The Time of the Hero


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The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa

The action of The Time of the Hero, Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa's first novel, takes place at the Leoncio Prado Military Academy in Lima, Peru. There, four angry cadets who have formed an inner circle in an attempt to ward off the boredom and stifling confinement of the military academy set off a chain of events that starts with a theft and leads to murder and suicide. The Time of the Hero presents, with great accuracy and power, the cadets' nightmare life: brutal initiation rights, poker in the latrines, drinking contests; and, above all else, the strange military code which, whether broken or followed, can only destroy.

When The Time of the Hero was first published in Peru in 1962, it was considered so scandalous that a thousand copies were burned in an official ceremony at the Leoncio Prado Military Academy. That same year, the book received the Biblioteca Breve Prize, an award given to the best work of fiction in the Spanish language.

"…[A]s with other fine writers, Vargas functions on more than a single level of meaning." - The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374520212
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 12/28/1986
Pages: 412
Sales rank: 836,968
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Mario Vargas Llosa is Peru's foremost author and the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1994 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and in 1995 he won the Jerusalem Prize. His many distinguished works include The Storyteller, The Feast of the Goat, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Death in the Andes, In Praise of the Stepmother, The Bad Girl, Conversation in the Cathedral, The Way to Paradise, and The War of the End of the World. He lives in London.

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The Time of the Hero 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok, not particularly engaging, but not bad.
BooksterNC More than 1 year ago
Llosa, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010, writes poignantly about the students at a military academy in Peru. "The Circle" consists of a small number of boys who, with a toss of the dice, set in motion the events of the rest of the novel. I appreciated the author's artful juxtaposition of the realities of military "politics" and youthful ideals. Will the truth be told? Who allows the truth to be told? And perhaps most importantly, what purpose does telling the truth serve--and who? Set against the backdrop of a changing South American country, The Time of the Hero explores human issues that transcend age, country, and culture. I enjoyed the truths of the book itself, which Llosa successfully buries between the lines of the story. Digging up those truths is worth the effort. This is the second of two books I have read by Llosa (the other being The Bad Girl), and he writes eloquently. I continue to be haunted by this book and highly recommend it.