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The Discreet Hero

(2015)
A novel by

 
 
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 Felicito Yanaque, 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 against the two lazy sons who want him dead.
Felicito and Ismael are, each in his own way, quiet, discreet rebels: honorable men trying to seize control of their destinies in a social and political climate where all can seem set in stone, predetermined. They are hardly vigilantes, but each is determined to live according to his own personal ideals and desires - which means forcibly rising above the pettiness of their surroundings. The Discreet Hero is also a chance to revisit some of our favorite players from previous Vargas Llosa novels: Sergeant Lituma, Don Rigoberto, Dona Lucrecia, and Fonchito are all here in a prosperous Peru. Vargas Llosa sketches Piura and Lima vividly - and the cities become not merely physical spaces but realms of the imagination populated by his vivid characters.
A novel whose humor and pathos shine through in Edith Grossman's masterly translation, The Discreet Hero is another remarkable achievement from the finest Latin American novelist at work today.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

March 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Discreet Hero
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN: 0-571-31070-2 / 978-0-571-31070-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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March 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Discreet Hero: A Novel
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN: 0-374-14674-8 / 978-0-374-14674-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Discreet Hero
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN: 0-571-31074-5 / 978-0-571-31074-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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March 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Discreet Hero: A Novel
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN: 1-250-08162-9 / 978-1-250-08162-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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October 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Discreet Hero
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN: 0-571-31072-9 / 978-0-571-31072-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction
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March 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Discreet Hero
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN: 0-571-31071-0 / 978-0-571-31071-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Kindle Editions

March 2015 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Discreet Hero
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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March 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Discreet Hero: A Novel
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA