Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
Mario Vargas Llosa
Set in Peru during the 1950s, it is the story of an 18-year-old student who falls for a 32-year-old divorcee. The novel is based on the author’s real life experience.
Mario, an aspiring writer, works at a radio station, Panamericana, writing news bulletins alongside the disaster-obsessed Pascual.
The novel chronicles the scriptwriter’s rise and fall in tandem with the protagonist’s affair and includes episodes of Pedro’s serials, in prose form. These scripts tend to shed light on what the latter is like and has done, and change depending on what he’s going through.
Published by “Antares”, 2019
Translated from Spanish by: Kara Chobanyan