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The way to paradise

Author: Mario Vargas Llosa; Natasha Wimmer
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"In 1844, the famous socialist agitator and memoirist Flora Tristan embarked on a tour of France to campaign for workers' and women's rights. In 1891, her grandson Paul Gauguin set sail for Tahiti, determined to escape civilization and paint primitive masterpieces. Flora died before her grandson was born, but their travels and obsessions unfold side by side in the deft, utterly absorbing novel from one of Latin  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Biographical fiction
Named Person: Flora Tristan; Paul Gauguin; Paul Gauguin; Flora Tristan
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mario Vargas Llosa; Natasha Wimmer
ISBN: 0374228035 9780374228033 9780571220380 057122038X
OCLC Number: 1057569638
Language Note: Translated from the Spanish.
Notes: Also published: Faber and Faber ; London, 2004. Faber and Faber ed. 424 p.
Originally published in Alfaguara, Spain in 2003.
Description: 373 pages ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Paraiso en la otra esquina.
Responsibility: Mario Vargas Llosa ; translated by Natasha Wimmer.

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"In 1844, the famous socialist agitator and memoirist Flora Tristan embarked on a tour of France to campaign for workers' and women's rights. In 1891, her grandson Paul Gauguin set sail for Tahiti, determined to escape civilization and paint primitive masterpieces. Flora died before her grandson was born, but their travels and obsessions unfold side by side in the deft, utterly absorbing novel from one of Latin America's most celebrated writers." "Flora, the illegitimate child of a wealthy Peruvian father and a French mother, grows up in poverty and, after fleeing a brutal husband, journeys to Peru to demand her inheritance. On her return, she makes her name as a popular writer and a champion of the downtrodden, setting herself the arduous task of touring the French countryside to recruit members for her Workers' Union. Paul, a struggling painter and stubborn visionary, abandons his wife and five children for life in the South Seas. Although he has his pick of teenage lovers and paints some of his greatest works, Paul's dreams of paradise are poisoned by syphilis, the stifling forces of French colonialism, and a chronic lack of funds."--Back cover.

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