The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta by Mario Vargas Llosa

This novel revolves around a failed Peruvian revolution and the man who attempted to lead it, Alejandro Mayta. The story is told from the perspective of a novelist who is researching Mayta's life and the events surrounding the failed uprising. The narrative oscillates between the present and the past, unraveling the complex threads of Mayta's personal history, political beliefs, and the broader socio-political context of Peru. The novel explores themes of truth, fiction, and the blurry lines between them.

The 2976th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 146

Since this book was first published in 1986, there is a penalty of 19.2%. The age adjusted score is 117.97.

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