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Historia de Mayta has ratings and reviews. Linda Abhors the New GR Design said: Read in the haze of my Master’s days .probably need to re-. Castillo, Debra A. (Otoño-Primavera ) “The Uses of History in Vargas Llosa’s Historia de. Mayta,” Inti: Revista de literatura hispánica: No. 24, Article 6. Buy a cheap copy of Historia de Mayta book by Mario Vargas Llosa. The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta is an astute psychological portrait of a modern.

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La otra parte de la novela transcurre historria los Andes Peruanos. In the case of ”Historia de Mayta” the backdrop is Mr. Vargas-Llosa’s native Peru; the setting, the near future, in which the country has become a battleground for the major world powers, pitting Cuban-backed radicals against a crumbling militaristic establishment.

Mayta’s former comrades in arms, his ex-wife, various political figures as well as assorted friends, acquaintances and enemies – all are interviewed by the narrator in his effort to piece together Mayta’s story; historiw their reminiscences alternate, like flashbacks in a movie, with the narrator’s own reflections on Peru. The plot could be summarized as follows: Mayta went to a Historiq school with the narrator Vargas Llosa.


To his aunt, Mayta was a serious little child, so romantic that he went on a starvation diet of bread and soup out of sympathy for the poor, an aspiring priest who inexplicably traded his faith for the false gods of Marxism.

After that, the narrator interviews Dr. Barbi-Leyva, Mayta was a screwed-up idealist, a victim of the factionalism and in-fighting of the Left. To his ex-wife, Adelaida, Mayta was a homosexual who used her to hide his homosexuality from his colleagues.

Rather than using his narrative to clarify these matters, Mr. Vargas Llosa progressively amplifies and embellishes the ambiguities of Mayta’s story, historiz a multiplicity of voices to underline the utterly subjective nature of reality.

What had seemed an ”intense and coherent” life, his narrator discovers, was actually a life riven with vargad and contradictions, and as the narrator attempts to make sense of all that he has learned, we the vagras are also made to reassess his version of the story.

Historia de Mayta: Mario Vargas Llosa: : Books

Vargas Llosa has taken Mr. Mayta and popped him into a wholly unrealistic novelistic structure, in which time and space are warped into myth by varying applications of memory, invention and imagination. As a clue to when and who is talking, the novelist uses the first person point of view for the present and the narrator’s voice. When the characters come to life inthe third person point of view is used. The narrative is quite confusing since Mr.

Vargas-Losa’s characters sometimes answer questions from the present with answers from the past. Amazingly, Vargas-Llosa gets away with it. I loved this part of the narrative. The book discloses layer after layer of realities that become so intertwined with imaginative constructions that by the end the reader can no longer distinguish hiatoria what is ”real” and what is invented – indeed, the book’s structure and narrative is a work of art – Vargas-Llosa gets gargas with the unrealistic novelistic structure.

On character development, I was disappointed.

Historia de Mayta

After convincing me that Mayta was a homosexual, Vargas-Llosa decides to go back on this fact. In a final interview with Mayta – in the final chapter, chapter 10 – the narrator meets another version of Mayta who tells the narrator that not only is he not a homosexual, but varyas that he despises them, using offensive language to make his point.


This becomes a character assassination of the Mayta that was presented on the first nine chapters of the book. On page speaking about his homosexuality Mayta says: No una a medias, sino la verdadera, la integral. Not one that is half-made, but the real one, the integral one. One that ends all of the injustices and in which no one, for any reason, be ashamed of what they are.

Vargas-Llosa is a Latino “macho” man there is absolutely no reason in today’s world for this character assassination. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Escrito con mucha inteligencia emocional! Muy original su estructura narrativa.

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