A Fish in the Water

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Faber & Faber, Oct 4, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
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Mario Vargas Llosa's A Fish in the Water is a twofold book: a memoir by one of Latin America's most celebrated writers, beginning with his birth in 1936 in Arequipa, Peru; and the story of his organization of the reform movement which culminated in his bid for the Peruvian presidency in 1990.

Llosa evokes the experiences which gave rise to his fiction, and describes the social, literary, and political influences that led him to enter the political arena as a crusader for a free-market economy.

A deeply absorbing look at how fact becomes fiction and at the formation of a courageous writer with strong political commitments, A Fish in the Water reveals Mario Vargas Llosa as a world figure whose real story is just beginning.

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A FISH IN THE WATER: A Memoir

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In this artful political and literary memoir, the 57-year-old Peruvian author (In Praise of the Stepmother, 1990, etc.) and presidential candidate demonstrates the conflict between ideals and politics ... Read full review

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User Review  - kristelako - LibraryThing

This memoir follows two narrative threads. The first one is Vargas Llosa's recollection as a child growing up in Piura with his mother and grandparents. He fast forwards decades later to recount his ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Mario Vargas Llosa was born in Peru in 1936. He is the author of some of the last half-century's most important novels, including The War of the End of the World, The Feast of the Goat, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter and Conversation in the Cathedral. In 2010 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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