Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
Mario Vargas Llosa's masterful, multilayered novel is set in the Lima, Peru, of the author's youth, where a young student named Marito is toiling away in the news department of a local radio station. His young life is disrupted by two arrivals.
The first is his aunt Julia, recently divorced and thirteen years older, with whom he begins a secret affair. The second is a manic...more
Genius and insanity may or may not have a close concordat but stories of this kind never fail to fascinate me; and even more when they are subjected to satire, as Llosa does with great effect in this case. Pedro Camacho – the man behind the metrically balanced name is an unbalanced maverick of singular mind to whom the only ...more
It’s been some years I read “Aunt Julia …” for the first time.It was at hospital,after my surgery,waiting for.. Oh,I didn’t know what I was waiting for.Anyway,I was lying in bed like some miserable Lazarius , looking like shit and feeling the same,in a strange city,with no one to talk.Ok,it doesn’t matter.So,I was lying and thinking,and more thinking.Chemotherapy, ...more
That is what Contrafactus is all about. In everyday thought, we are constantly manufacturing mental variants on situations we face, ideas we have, or events that happen, and we let some features stay exactly the same while others "slip". What features do we let slip? What ones do we not even consider letting slip? What events are perceived on some deep intuitive level as being close relatives of ones which really happened? What do we think "almost" happened or "could have" happened, even though...more
This is novel of two lives, both at critical junctures, told in two vastly different formats. The first, semi-autobiographical, is the story of an aspiring young writer, Marito, and his courtship of his aunt by marriage. The second is the story of Pedro Camacho, an acclaimed radio scriptwriter, as he falls apart under the stress ...more
A novel, granted, that will undeniable be slightly drained the more you already know about it. Astute readers will cop on to this as soon as you get half way through chapter two when the blend of realities abruptly come into play.
The novel is charged with telling ...more
Aunt Julia and The Scriptwriter is a delightfully quirky tale of an illicit romance and the slow descent into madness of a brilliant scriptwriter.
The main narrative does not only focus on Marito(the narrator) and Aunt Julia's forbidden love. The events of their first meeting and whirlwind courtship alternate between the highly provocative novellas of Pedr ...more
In Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, we have a young man -- only eighteen years of age -- by the name of Mario Vargas (without the Llo ...more
This is one of his earlier works and his writing style is lucid, visual and an ease to read (in translation). The story follows an 18-year old writer named Varaguitas working for a Peruvian radio programme editing the news in the late 1950s. Whike studying law and to make some extra cash, the ...more
It's been a w ...more
pentru o prima intilnire cu llosa, ma declar satisfacuta. regasesc un pattern sud-american, ceea ce e de bine :)
romanul e amuzant, partial biografic, ceea ce-l face si mai interesant. episoadele condeierului sint, unele mai nostime, altele ...more
Creo que perdí un poco de objetividad, ya que la novela la ...more
The drivers of the plot are the two Bolivians of the title, both of whom Mario obsesses about in different ways: a workaholic writer of radio soaps, brought in to boost ratings, and Mario's divorced 32-year old aunt Julia. The chapters of the book alternate between the real story of Mario and episodes of Pedro Camacho's soaps, tho ...more
I capitoli dispari raccontano la vita di Mario, nel quale è facile intuire alcuni cenni autobiografici, un giovane studente di legge, direttore di una radio in Perù e il cui sogno è diventare scrittore, i capitoli pari sono dedicati a Pedro Camacho, definito il Balzac creolo, che scrive romanzi radiofonici e dal quale Mario attingerà molto per capire l'arte della scrittura e della par ...more
This book gives us a glimpse into Llosa's youth; even though the book is not entirely autobiographical (for that, read "El pez en el agua), I ...more
Pedro Camacho, the protagonist of that second intertwined story is certainly one of the most memorable characters ever featuring in a Vargas Llosa novel. He is almost a caricature: a voice worth of a broadcaster, owner of some manners that are a mixture of the Victorian era with the usual Lat ...more