Conversation in the Cathedral

Conversation in the Cathedral

By Mario Vargas Llosa; Gregory Rabassa (Translator)

Rayo, Paperback, 9780060732806, 601pp.

Publication Date: February 2005

A Haunting tale of power, corruption, and the complex search for identity

Conversation in The Cathedral takes place in 1950s Peru during the dictatorship of Manuel A. Odria. Over beers and a sea of freely spoken words, the conversation flows between two individuals, Santiago and Ambrosia, who talk of their tormented lives and of the overall degradation and frustration that has slowly taken over their town.

Through a complicated web of secrets and historical references, Mario Vargas Llosa analyzes the mental and moral mechanisms that govern power and the people behind it. More than a historic analysis, Conversation in The Cathedral is a groundbreaking novel that tackles identity as well as the role of a citizen and how a lack of personal freedom can forever scar a people and a nation.

About the Author
Mario Vargas Llosa is Peru's foremost author and the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1994 he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and in 1995 he won the Jerusalem Prize. His many distinguished works include "The Storyteller", "The" "Feast of the Goat", "Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter", "Death in the Andes", In "Praise of the Stepmother", "The Bad Girl", "Conversation in the Cathedral", The "Way to Paradise", and "The War of the End of the World". He lives in London.

Gregory Rabassa is the recipient of multiple prizes and the translator of One Hundred Years of Solitude, among other classic works.