The Perpetual Orgy (Paperback)
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl, 9780374520625, 256pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 1987
The book's first section is a tete-a-tete with Emma Bovary; the second traces the gestation and birth of the novel, as well as Flaubert's method, his mania for documentation, and the novel's literary sources; the third situates it in literary history. Vargas Llosa's first work of non-fiction will send the reader back to Flaubert's masterpiece with renewed interest.