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Shining a light on darkest Peru

Mario Vargas Llosa's new novel explores criminality in Peru since its transition to democracy

By Isabel Hilton   April 2015

A parade by the army in Cusco, Peru. © Jersey Devil

The Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa, translated by Edith Grossman (Faber and Faber, £20)

Vargas Llosa featured on our world thinkers shortlist this year

Mario Vargas Llosa’s concern with the shifting politics of his native Peru has generated novels about militarism, apocalyptic rebellion, patriarchy and dictatorship. He has been absent for long periods from his native country: he spent 16 years in Europe in his twenties and thirties and…

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