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FAHRENHEITº RECOMMENDS: “THE DISCREET HERO”, THE NOVEL OF MARIO VARGAS LLOSA

A writer does not choose his topics , the themes are which choose them.

-Mario Vargas Llosa

The Discreet Hero tells the parallel story of two characters : the orderly and endearing Felícito Yanaqué , a small businessman of Piura, who is extorted, and Ismael Carrera, a successful businessman, owner of an insurer in Lima, who concocts a surprise revenge on his two lazy sons who wanted him dead.

Both characters are, in their way, discrete rebels trying to take charge of their own destinies. Both Felícito and Ishmael as they throw a pulse to the course of events. While Ismael defies all conventions of its kind, Felícito clings to a few maxims to sit face to blackmail. They are not vigilantes, but are above the pettiness of their environment to live according to their ideals and desires.

Old friends of vargasllosian world on these pages appear: Sergeant Lituma and unconquerable, Don Rigoberto, Dona Lucrecia and Fonchito, all moving now into a very prosperous Peru.

A book full of humor, with elements of melodrama, where Piura and Lima are not physical spaces, but realms of imagination populated by the characters of the great writer Mario Vargas Llosa.

Source and images: © Alfaguara

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