The Discreet Hero

The Discreet Hero

The latest masterpiece—perceptive, funny, insightful, affecting—from the Nobel Prize–winning author

Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa's newest novel, The Discreet Hero, follows two fascinating characters whose lives are destined to intersect: neat, endearing Felícito Yanaqué, a small businessman in Piura, Peru, who finds himself the victim of blackmail; and Ismael Carrera, a successful owner of an insurance company in Lima, who cooks up a plan to avenge himself… (more)

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Editorial reviews (5 reviews)


Will Vargas Llosa return to form? One day, maybe. But for now, though it has pressed some old characters into new service, The Discreet Hero does not mark a comeback for its writer.

The characters may feel that civilisation – real civilisation – is always threatened by malice, but the warmth and energy of the novel, and the genial presence of its author, negate the bleakness of this moral.

Readers will enjoy coming to their own conclusion, likely recognizing that for all the plot’s noisy tumult, the book’s keenest pleasures — its descriptions of a cool glass of water on a hot day, of late-age married love, of the price, and finally, reward of lifelong loyalty — are its quietest ones.


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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 10, 2015)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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