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The time of the hero

Author: Mario Vargas Llosa; Lysander Kemp
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, Inc., ©1966.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The scene: a pitch-black lavatory after lights-out at the Leoncio Prado Military Academy in Lima, Peru. Four cadets are drawing lots for the night's mission. Their objective: the captain's office. Their target: to steal a copy of the next day's chemistry examination. In this microcosm, this city within a city, a group of cadets form still another circle in their attempt to break out of the vicious round of sadistic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Satire
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Vargas Llosa, Mario, 1936-
Time of the hero.
New York, Grove Press [1966]
(OCoLC)576749973
Online version:
Vargas Llosa, Mario, 1936-
Time of the hero.
New York, Grove Press [1966]
(OCoLC)592237459
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mario Vargas Llosa; Lysander Kemp
ISBN: 0374520216 9780374520212 0140032797 9780140032796
OCLC Number: 551633
Language Note: In English; translated from the Spanish.
Notes: Translation of La ciudad y los perros.
Originally published as: La ciudad y los perros. Barcelona : Editorial Seix Barral, S.A., ©1962.
Description: 409 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Ciudad y los perros.
Responsibility: Mario Vargas Llosa ; translated by Lysander Kemp.

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The scene: a pitch-black lavatory after lights-out at the Leoncio Prado Military Academy in Lima, Peru. Four cadets are drawing lots for the night's mission. Their objective: the captain's office. Their target: to steal a copy of the next day's chemistry examination. In this microcosm, this city within a city, a group of cadets form still another circle in their attempt to break out of the vicious round of sadistic hazing, military discipline, confinement, and boredom. The cadets' rebellion is led by the Jaguar, an aloof, tough boy who refuses to be initiated and treated as one of the Dogs. Under his leadership seven cadets, later reduced to four, join forces to fight the system by smuggling in pisco and cigarettes, running midnight poker games in the latrine, selling answers to examinations, stealing or mutilating uniforms. The Poet, regarded as the class brain, writes and sells pornographic stories; the Boa, their sex hero, wins the contests they hold in their hide-out; and the Slave is their built-in scapegoat. But what began as pranks in their First Year turns into tragedy by the time the boys reach the Third Year -- the point at which the novel opens. The officers' discovery of the theft of a crucial final exam sets off a cycle of betrayal, murder, and revenge which jeopardizes the entire military hierarchy. Moving back and forth from past to present, from inner thought to outer action, from within the Academy to the city outside, Vargas LLosa exposes the sordid world of the military elite, with its hypocrisy, moral decay, and power politics, and the corruption throughout the society beyond the Academy walls.

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