The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto

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Penguin Books, Jul 1, 1999 - Fiction - 259 pages
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Set in Lima, the novel tells of a love triangle whose participants may be the fictional creations of Don Rigoberto - Rigoberto himself, by day a gray insurance executive, by night a pornographer and sexual enthusiast; his second wife, Lucrecia; and his young son, Alfonso. Husband and wife are estranged because of a sexual encounter between Lucrecia and the boy, a fey, angelic creature who may have seduced her (rather than the other way around). Missing Lucrecia terribly, Rigoberto fills his notebooks with memories, fantasies, and unsent letters; meanwhile, the boy visits Lucrecia, determined to regain her favor and win her love. Together, father and son persuade her to enact a series of tableaux vivants based on works by Egon Schiele and other painters. With his usual sly assurance, Vargas Llosa keeps the reader guessing which episodes are real and which issue from the Don's imagination.

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Review: The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto

User Review  - Fabian - Goodreads

Just as in my all time favorite MVL "Feast of the Goat", halfway throughout this erotic novel you come to the immediate and saliva-inducing realization that what you hold in your hands is a piece of ... Read full review

Review: The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto

User Review  - Joana - Goodreads

Mario has a really interesting way to write, a mix of Marquis de Sade, because he explore through words really intense experiences, smells, actions, I would rather a say a non-morality. However he ... 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.

EDITH GROSSMAN is the acclaimed translator of, among others, Cervantes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa. In 2006 she was awarded the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation.

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