The Green House

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HarperCollins, Feb 1, 2005 - Fiction - 416 pages
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Mario Vargas Llosa's classic early novel takes place in a Peruvian town, situated between desert and jungle, which is torn by boredom and lust. Don Anselmo, a stranger in a black coat, builds a brothel on the outskirts of the town while he charms its innocent people, setting in motion a chain reaction with extraordinary consequences.

This brothel, called the Green House, brings together the innocent and the corrupt: Bonificia, a young Indian girl saved by the nuns only to become a prostitute; Father Garcia, struggling for the church; and four best friends drawn to both excitement and escape.

The conflicting forces that haunt the Green House evoke a world balanced between savagery and civilization -- and one that is cursed by not being able to discern between the two.

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User Review  - Shane - Goodreads

Llosa's hallmark is the weaving of disparate story lines, often unconnected, into a coherent (or incoherent) whole at the conclusion of his novel. In The Green House, being one of his earlier works ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

Mario Vargas Llosa has, in The Green House, created a whole world that exists in the arc starting with Iquitos on the Amazon, to Santa Maria de Nieva in Amazonas, all the way to Piura in the desert of ... Read full review

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Mario Vargas Llosa, uno de los mÁs destacados novelistas contemporÁneos latinoamericanos, se lanzÓ a la fama con su novela La ciudad y los perros que obtuvo el Premio Biblioteca Breve y el Premio de la CrÍtica. Novelas posteriores son, entre otras, La casa verde (Premio de la CrÍtica y Premio Internacional de Literatura RÓmulo Gallegos), ConversaciÓn en La Catedral, La guerra del fin del mundo y Lituma en los Andes con la que obtuvo el Premio Planeta 1993. Ha publicado tambiÉn obras teatrales, ensayos y memorias. En 1986 compartiÓ con Rafael Lapesa el Premio PrÍncipe de Asturias de las Letras y en 1994 se le concediÓ el Premio Miguel de Cervantes de Literatura.

Antonio Lobo Antunes, born in 1942, is the author of novels including "What Can I Do When Everything's On Fire?" and "Act of the Damned". He lives in Lisbon, Portugal.

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