In Praise of Reading and Fiction


I copy and paste from The Literary Saloon the literary weblog at the complete review, 8 December 2010 Wednesday:

Mario Vargas Llosa gave his Nobel lecture yesterday, and it is now available online, as In Praise of Reading and Fiction, in Edith Grossman’s translation. (It is also available in the original Spanish)”

>And the Nobel goes to….


Mario Vargas Llosa.

The Swedish Academy said it honoured the 74-year-old author ‘for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt and defeat’. Vargas Llosa has written more than 30 novels, plays and essays, including some books that can fall into the category of crime fiction, mainly:

¿Quién mató a Palomino Molero? 1986 (Who Killed Palomino Molero?, 1987)

Lituma en los Andes, 1993 (Death in the Andes, 1996)

La fiesta del chivo, 2000 (The Feast of the Goat, 2002)

Mario Vargas Llosa (Arequipa, 1936) has the double Peruvian-Spanish nationality. I highly recommend The Feast of the Goat.

Who Killed Palomino Molero? by Mario Vargas LLosa

Palomino Molero I understand how difficult it is to find some South American writers (crime fiction) translated for participants in Dorte´s Global Reading Challenge.

May I suggest Who Killed Palomino Molero? by Mario Vargas Llosa?

Here is what the blurb states:  “This wonderful detective novel is set in Peru in the 1950s. Near an Air Force base in the northern desert, a young airman is found murdered. Lieutenant Silva and Officer Lituma investigate. Lacking a squad car, they have to cajole a local cabbie into taking them to the scene of the crime. Their superiors are indifferent; the commanding officer of the air base stands in their way; but Silva and Lituma are determined to uncover the truth.
Who Killed Palomino Molero, an entertaining and brilliantly plotted mystery, takes up one of Vargas Llosa’s characteristic themes: the despair at how hard it is to be an honest man in a corrupt society

Who Killed Palomino Molero? was first published in April 1986 by Seix Barral. 192 pages. ISBN: 84-322-0542-7. I read it back in June 1986, reason why I could not use it for this Challenge.

See comments by Bob Corbett here

Mario Vargas Llosa personal website


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