The Way to Paradise

The Way to Paradise



Mario Vargas Llosa was born in 1936 in Peru. His novels, including Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, have brought him an international reputation as one of Latin America's most important authors.

Flora, the illegitimate child of a wealthy Peruvian father and French mother, grows up in poverty, and after fleeing a brutal husband, journeys to Peru to demand her inheritance. Paul, a struggling painter, abandons his wife and five children for life in the South Seas, where his dreams of paradise are poisoned by syphilis, and a chronic lack of funds, though he has his pick of teenage Tahitian lovers and paints some of his greatest works. This double portrait is a rare study in passion and ambition. Vargas Llosa makes stunning art of their unlikely lives, chronicling their obstinate pursuit of greatness in the face of adventure, illness and death.


'It is riveting stuff, beautifully written, wild, exact and visually stunning.'

'A tender and gripping storyteller... his evocations of Gauguin's work are amongst the best that I have read.'
Daily Mail

Product Code 1032090
ISBN 9780571220380
author Mario Vargas Llosa
format Paperback
GTIN 9780571220380
pages 432
published Nov 2004
publisher Faber & Faber
Dimensions 12.6 X 19.6 X 2.6
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