Mario Vargas Llosa

December 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’m a few months behind in reporting, and I apologize, that Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel in Literature this past October. You can hop over to the piece published by the New York Times on this wonderful occasion. There is nothing I could say that the NYT doesn’t say or doesn’t say better. However, I can, and will, mention that we have a good selection of his work (in Spanish and English) at the Library. I highly recommend Los cuadernos de don Rigoberto. We don’t own a copy in English, but you can request a copy through InterLibrary Loan or check your public library for a copy. In English the work is The Notebooks of don Rigoberto.

The Notebooks of don Rigoberto is a fantastic read. I stumbled upon it by happy accident at Half Price books many years ago and fell in love immediately. The prose is fluid and shines in the darkness of the setting. The book is sexually explicit yet in my opinion it wasn’t vulgar or gratuitous. There are mixed reviews of the book: The NYT calls is artistic while the Boston Globe calls it tedious. The Notebooks of don Rigoberto is a sequel to In Praise of the Stepmother. I read The Notebooks first and never felt I missed out on the storyline or important plot points by having done so.

Watch the Films on Demand video Mario Vargas Llosa: In Love with Peru (this film is in Spanish).

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