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The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto

(1998)
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A companion to the scandalous bestseller In Praise of the Stepmother, Mario Vargas Llosa's new novel is "an amazingly seductive work" (San Francisco Chronicle).

The boundary between physical reality and the imagination has been at the heart of literature in Spanish ever since Don Quixote. In The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto, his most generous and ambitious novel in years, Mario Vargas Llosa draws on that tradition to explore the possibilities of imagination in our own time.

Set in Lima, the novel tells of a love triangle: Don Rigoberto himself, by day a gray insurance executive, by night a pornographer and sexual enthusiast; his second wife, Lucrecia; and his young son, Alfonso. Husband and wife are estranged because of a sexual encounter between Lucrecia and the boy, a fey, angelic creature who may have seduced her (rather than the other way around). Missing Lucrecia terribly, Rigoberto fills his notebooks with memories, fantasies, and unsent letters; meanwhile the boy visits Lucrecia, determined to regain her favor and win her love. The resulting novel, an intoxicating mix of reality and fantasy, is sexy, funny, disquieting, and unfailingly compelling.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

July 1998 : UK Hardback
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Title: Notebooks of Don Rigoberto-Csd
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN: 0-571-19309-9 / 978-0-571-19309-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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May 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN: 0-374-22327-0 / 978-0-374-22327-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
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Paperback Editions

June 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto
Author(s): Mario Vargas Liosa
ISBN: 0-14-028359-5 / 978-0-14-028359-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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July 1999 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN: 0-571-19575-X / 978-0-571-19575-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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January 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
ISBN: 0-571-19759-0 / 978-0-571-19759-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Kindle Editions

August 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
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March 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto
Author(s): Mario Vargas Llosa
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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