The Time of the Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa

The action of The Time of the Hero, Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa’s first novel, takes place at the Leoncio Prado Military Academy in Lima, Peru. There, four angry cadets who have formed an inner circle in an attempt to ward off the boredom and stifling confinement of the military academy set off a chain of events that starts with a theft and leads to murder and suicide. The Time of the Hero presents, with great accuracy and power, the cadets’ nightmare life: brutal initiation rights, poker in the latrines, drinking contests; and, above all else, the strange military code which, whether broken or followed, can only destroy. When The Time of the Hero was first published in Peru in 1962, it was considered so scandalous that a thousand copies were burned in an official ceremony at the Leoncio Prado Military Academy. That same year, the book received the Biblioteca Breve Prize, an award given to the best work of fiction in the Spanish language.

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The 618th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 13th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  2. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The Time of the Hero: A Novel Kindle Edition 116711 $8.89 2011
The Time of the Hero Hardcover 2865046 $15.00
The Time of the Hero Paperback 299777 $11.27 $3.49 2004
The Time of the Hero: A Novel Paperback 432862 $4.79 $0.01 1986
La ciudad y los perros (edición del cincuentenario) (Edición conmemorativa de la RAE) / The Time of the Hero (Spanish Edition) Hardcover 152778 $9.95 $11.03 2019