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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  90 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Mario Vargas Llosa immerges himself in the novel Les Mis?rables from the perspective of the avid reader, the enthusiastic one, the creator that knows how a great work is constructed; therefore finding the secret mechanisms that moved Victor Hugo's pen. This work is not a book about another book; instead, he reveals the keys with which the French narrator made his creation. ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Punto de Lectura (first published 2004)
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Jun 12, 2013 Donna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I believe in reading a piece of literature without reading too much professional analysis before I'm finished. However, once finished, I am happy to find literary criticism and explanation to help me articulate what was important about the book. Having just finished Les Miserables, I was happy to find (thanks Marissa) this book by Mario Vargas Llosa which collects his lectures at Oxford on Hugo's masterpiece.

I especially enjoyed Chapter III "Touchy Monsters" which shows how the main characters o
Carlos Burga
Este es el primer ensayo académico que he leído de Vargas Llosa y me he quedado extremadamente complacido con él. En este increíble trabajo de análisis, Vargas Llosa guía al lector hacia las minas de tesoro que se encuentran dentro de “Los Miserables” de Víctor Hugo. Al hacerlo, Varga Llosa no solo alerta al lector a los diferentes componentes que Hugo utilizo, consciente o inconscientemente, para escribir esta magnífica obra, pero también al poder espectacular que tienen la ficción y sus compon ...more
There is a great joy in reading a wonderful novelist writing about another wonderful novelist. (This is why Hilary Mantel is my favourite book reviewer.) Vargas Llosa loves 'Les Misérables' and this is made abundantly clear throughout this lucid, fascinating book. I found it an excellent accompaniment to the novel, as it discusses Hugo the author, fake-Hugo the narrator, the nature of the characters, the intended purpose of the novel, the historical context, and Hugo's legacy. I was especially s ...more
Editorial Alfaguara
�Qui�n fue Victor Hugo? Mario Vargas Llosa se adentra en la novela Los Miserables desde la perspectiva del lector agudo, del entusiasta, del creador que sabe c�mo se construye una gran obra. Encontramos as� los secretos mecanismos que movieron la pluma de Victor Hugo para crear la gran novela rom�ntica francesa. La tentaci�n de lo imposible no es un libro que trata sobre otro libro. Mario Vargas Llosa no se deja nublar por las palabras y desvela las claves con las que el narrador franc�s dej� co ...more
Rijuta Das
There is something delightful about reading good prose, written intelligently in lucid style. The book reminds us why good critic on a good book is so necessary. One does not need to understand theory or jargon to enjoy this well-thought out work on the favorite classic. You can simply stretch out on your comfortable couch and have the world of Les Miserables come alive in its pages. Word of warning - as soon as you finish this you would crave to the object of its attention. So have a copy of th ...more
Margaret Sankey
Based on lectures during his residency at Oxford, Llosa, with equal parts affection and exasperation, engages with Victor Hugo and Les Miserables--the 19th century stock characters, the true believers, the insane coincidences, Hugo's own shifting political beliefs over the 12 years of writing, and how all of this created powerful cultural and political traction. I have always enjoyed Hugo's attempt to explain his political affiliation--"I am for the people, for order and for freedom."
Benjamin Zapata
Otro gran ensayo de la mano del gran escritor peruano Mario Vargas Llosa,...esta vez sobre uno de los grandes de la literatura universal y de Francia, el legendario Victor Hugo y su obra maestra "Los Miserables". Adentrandose en la novela, nos muestra los secretos mecanismos que movieron la pluma de Victor Hugo para crear una de las maximas joyas literarias de todos los tiempos.
Nikola Jankovic
I haven't read anything by Llosa, but obviously he is a great writer. And thinker as well. He is bringing both literary, as well as background analysis on one of my favorite novels of all times.

Not only this collection of essays helped me better understand Les Miserables, but some of his thoughts on literature as a whole are interesting read. Quick and recommended read.
Alexis Vélez
Muy buen complemento para aquellos que leyeron la obra maestra literaria, Los Miserables de Victor Hugo. El mismo es un ensayo escrito por uno de los mejores escritores latinoamericanos, sino el mejor, Mario Vargas Llosa.
Diango Hernandez
Genial! Increíble análisis de una novela fascinante. La lucidez de Vargas Llosa y su espíritu critico se resumen en este pequeño tesoro. Sobretodo para los que aman la lengua y sus misterios.
جميل وممتع جداً تشريح يوسا لرواية البؤساء. الكتاب جعلني أتلهف جداً لشراء سيرة فيكتور هيوقو.
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Mario Vargas Llosa, born in Peru in 1936, is the author of some of the most significant writing to come out of South America in the past fifty years. His novels include The Green House, about a brothel in a Peruvian town that brings together the innocent and the corrupt; The Feast of the Goat, a vivid re-creation of the Dominican Republic during the final days of General Rafael Trujillo’s insidiou ...more
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“It is the case that, albeit to a lesser extent, all fictions make their readers live "the impossible", taking them out of themselves, breaking down barriers, and making them share, by identifying with the characters of the illusion, a life that is richer, more intense, or more abject and violent, or simply different from the one that they are confined to by the high-security prison that is real life. Fictions exist because of this fact. Because we have only one life, and our desires and fantasies demand a thousand lives. Because the abyss between what we are and what we would like to be has to be bridged somehow. That was why fictions were born: so that, through living this vicarious, transient, precarious, but also passionate and fascinating life that fiction transports us to, we can incorporate the impossible into the possible and our existence can be both reality and unreality, history and fable, concrete life and marvellous adventure.” 6 likes
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