The Neighbourhood by Mario Vargas Llosa – Recommended Reads

With 2017's "The Neighborhood", Peruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa delivers an engrossing detective novel that explores the darker side of Peruvian high life.

Mario Vargas Llosa the neighborhood

With 2017’s “The Neighborhood”, Peruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa delivers an engrossing detective novel that explores the darker side of Peruvian high life.

The story is set in Peru in the 1990s, during Alberto Fujimori’s presidency, which is known for being a difficult term, laced with corruption. Against this backdrop, two wealthy couples get caught up in a maelstrom of erotic adventures, topped with sprinklings of political blackmail.

Vargas Llosa’s most recent work has been described as “ironic and sensual, provocative and redemptive”, and the author is not afraid to invoke restlessness in his readers — a common experience for anyone who dives into his stories.

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