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Letters to a Young Novelist

Letters to a Young Novelist - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0374119164

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ISBN13: 978-0374119164
ISBN10: 0374119163
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Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.
Published: 2002
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Letters to a Young Novelist - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0374119164

Mario Vargas Llosa and Natasha Trans. Wimmer

ISBN13: 978-0374119164
ISBN10: 0374119163
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.

Published: 2002
International: No
Summary

A literary apprenticeship in eleven letters, by the internationally acclaimed master of the novel In the tradition of Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet, Mario Vargas Llosa condenses a lifetime of writing, reading, and thought into an essential manual for aspiring writers, revealing in the process his deepest beliefs about our common literary endeavor. A writer, in his view, is a being seized by an insatiable appetite for creation, a rebel, and a dreamer. But dreams, when set down on paper, require disciplined development, and so Vargas Llosa undertakes to supply the tools of transformation. Drawing on the stories and novels of writers from around the globe -- Borges, Bierce, Ceacute;line, Cortaacute;zar, Faulkner, Kafka, Robbe-Grillet -- he lays bare the inner workings of fiction, examining time, space, style, and structure, all the while urging young novelists not to lose touch with the elemental urge to create. Conversational, eloquent, and effortlessly erudite, this little book is destined to be read and reread by young writers, old writers, would-be writers, and all those with a stake in the world of letters.

Author Bio

Mario Vargas Llosa's novels include Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, In Praise of the Stepmother, The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto, and The Feast of the Goat. He lives in London

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