Mario Vargas Llosa World Literature Analysis
Vargas Llosa was considered a prodigy among the Latin American authors who emerged during the so-called literary boom of the early 1960’s. His love affair with literature and writing began very early. He recalls the pleasure that he found in reading Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), the tales of Sinbad the Sailor from One Thousand and One Nights, and other stories. During his adolescence, he immersed himself in the French novel. He learned through his readings the characteristics of modern fiction and began to assess the effects of narrative techniques. In addition, his readings introduced him to the works of Henry Miller, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Marcel Proust, André Malraux, Jorge Luis Borges, and William Faulkner.
An overview of Vargas Llosa’s works provides an insight into his narrative techniques and themes. In his first novel, The Time of the Hero, which is the story of a young cadet, Vargas Llosa’s cinematographic techniques, multiple character point of view, disturbed chronology, and incorporation of taboo language effectively portray the marginalized sectors of society. The military academy Leoncio Prado, where the novel takes place, becomes a fictional microcosm of Peruvian society and its ills.
By the time this book was published in 1962, Vargas Llosa had become concerned with the role of the writer in society. This preoccupation became evident in a speech, “Social...
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