Temptation of the Word

Published: July 15, 2015

Choice Outstanding Academic Book 1998

Temptation of the Word offers an ambitious and careful reading of the creative process–the origin of themes and the development of literary techniques–that Mario Vargas Llosa has brought to each of his novels, published through 1996. To understand the novelist’s intellectual environment, Efrain Kristal analyzes the entire corpus of Vargas Llosa’s writings, his literary influences in several languages, his intellectual biography, and his political activism, all in the light of the evolving political turbulence of his times and his own changing concept of literature.