Pantaleón y las visitadoras

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Alfaguara, 1999 - Fiction - 326 pages
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Pantaleon Pantoja, un capitan del Ejercito recientemente ascendido, recibe la mision de establecer un servicio de prostitucion para las Fuerzas Armadas del Peru en el mas absoluto secreto militar. Estricto cumplidor del deber que le ha sido asignado, Pantaleon se traslada a Iquitos, en plena selva, para llevar a cabo su cometido, pero se entrega a esta mision con tal obcecacion que termina por poner en peligro el engranaje que el mismo ha puesto en movimiento. Asi arranca la novela de Mario Vargas LLosa Pantaleon y las visitadoras, publicada en 1973 y llevada posteriormente al cine. Mario Vargas Llosa utiliza esta anecdota para subrayar la hipocresia de las instituciones que se llaman ejemplares y del oficio mas viejo del mundo. El eterno debate entre verdad y mentira, entre necesidad y virtud, y las perniciosas consecuencias que depara a veces la observancia rigurosa del deber son valores fundamentales de esta extraordinaria novela. Concebida y ensamblada con pericia de maestro, Pantaleon y las visitadoras supone un giro en la obra narrativa de Mario Vargas LLosa. El realismo social presente en sus primeras obras da paso a una precisa dosificacion del sentido del humor, la satira y la ironia que enriquecen sin mesura el desarrollo de su peculiar universo literario.

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User Review  - Air Knight - Goodreads

On this book the author Mario Vargas Llosa makes full use of a ridiculous real life situation to expose and critic some aspects of peruvian idiosincracy, with the protagonist, Pantaleon Pantroja ... Read full review

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User Review  - Humberto Soto - Goodreads

Easy to read. Vargas Llosa shows us the hypocrisy inside the government -the Peruvian army in this case- using his sense of humor and making us ask ourselves is this happening nowadays around the world? I think it is... Read full review

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The writer, politician, and journalist Mario Vargas Llosa was born in Arequipa, Peru on March 28, 1936. From 1950 to 1952 he attended Lima's Leoncio Prado Military Academy. He was also enrolled at the Colegio Nacional San Miguel de Piura. He studied literature and law at the National University of San Marcos and received his Ph.D from the University of Madrid in 1959. Considered to be one of Latin America's most significant novelists and essayists, he rose to fame in the 1960s with such controversial novels as The Time of the Hero, The Green House, and Conversation in the Cathedral. His works vary in genre from literary criticism and journalism to comedies, murder mysteries, historical novels, and political thrillers. His other works include Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The Feast of the Goat, and The War of the End of the World. He has won many awards for his writing, including the Rómulo Gallegos International Novel Prize, the Premio Leopoldo Alas in 1959, the Premio Biblioteca Breve in 1962, the Premio Planeta in1993, the Miguel de Cervantes Prize in 1994, the Jerusalem Prize in 1995, and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010.

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