MARIO VARGAS LLOSA was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat. Peru's foremost writer, he has been awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. His many works include The Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The War of the End of the World, and The Storyteller. He lives in London.
"A modern tragedy on the grand scale . . . As dark as spilled blood." --Salman Rushdie, The New Republic "A vast, fantastic, thunderous novel." --The Times (UK) "A magnificent storyteller . . . [Vargas Llosa] gives us a cast of unforgettable characters swept up in the upheaval. . . . This is the work of a master, coming into full realization of his powers." --The Boston Sunday Globe "His masterpiece." --Madison Smartt Bell "An extraordinary achievement. The author gives a wonderfully vivid and impartial picture of individuals and communities." --The Guardian (UK)