By Mario Vargas Llosa
El héroe discreto narra l. a. historia paralela de dos personajes: el ordenado y entrañable Felícito Yanaqué, un pequeño empresario de Piura, que es extorsionado; y de Ismael Carrera, un exitoso hombre de negocios, dueño de una aseguradora en Lima, quien urde una sorpresiva venganza contra sus dos hijos holgazanes que quisieron verlo muerto. Ambos personajes son, a su modo, discretos rebeldes que intentan hacerse shipment de sus propios destinos, pues tanto Ismael como Felícito le echan un pulso al curso de los acontecimientos. Mientras Ismael desafía todas las convenciones de su clase, Felícito se aferra a unas pocas máximas para sentar cara al chantaje. No son justicieros, pero están por encima de las mezquindades de su entorno para vivir según sus ideales y deseos. Viejos conocidos del mundo vargasllosiano aparecen en estas páginas: el sargento Lituma y los inconquistables, don Rigoberto, doña Lucrecia y Fonchito, todos moviéndose ahora en un Perú muy próspero. Un libro lleno de humor, en clave de melodrama, que ocurre en el pujante Perú genuine, donde Piura y Lima ya no son espacios físicos, sino reinos de los angeles imaginación poblados por los personajes del gran escritor que es Mario Vargas Llosa.
ENGLISH DESCRIPTION:El héroe discreto at the same time recounts the lifetime of very diverse males. Felícito Yanaqué is a small-business proprietor from Piura who's being blackmailed. Ismael Carrera is a profitable businessman from Lima who's plotting a surprising reprisal after his good-for-nothing sons attempted to have him killed. prior the lads s ameliorations shines one universal trait: either are quiet rebels attempting to take cost in their personal destinies. whereas Ismael defies each conference of his social type, Felícito makes use of a couple of important maxims as a foothold opposed to blackmail. Neither are avenging angels, yet either leap excessive above society s pettiness to dwell in line with their goals and beliefs. during this humorously melodramatic account, which occurs within the booming Peru of this present day, Piura and Lima turn into imagined territories inhabited through a lot of Vargas Llosa s cherished characters.
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He knocked one of them down. And then they tied him, here, and put him on a horse. And set off again. ” Zelikman said. ” “Perhaps they did. ” “And Hillel? Yes. ” He sat down under the blasted tree, and Amram could see him sinking, as a man watches the sun sink into the western sea, into the darkness of his thoughts. As little chance as they had stood of catching Hillel, their situation was now more hopeless still, for even if they somehow managed to catch the party of man-hunters, they would find themselves faced with odds of at least a dozen to one.
There was no sign of Filaq, or of the bag of gold. They climbed down from their horses, and the giant unshouldered his ax. On one side of the road there was a sheer rock face and on the other a long, gentle rise to the pass. The rise was brown and treeless and could be concealing no one. They waited until it was dusk, and then as the bats began to circle they led the horses almost to the top of the rise, where they tied the animals and crept along on foot until they could see over the crest. Below them, widening like a horn, stretched a steep-sided valley that ran, in terraced ripples that were crosshatched with vineyards, all the way to the sea far below.
The stripling spoke a few words in a language that sounded like the speech of Turks and then astonished Zelikman by murmuring a dreamlike phrase in the holy tongue of the Jews. His barbaric accent rendered the words indecipherable, but they remained pregnant with longing, and in Zelikman they stirred a strong desire to see the fabled kingdom of wild red-haired Jews on the western shore of the Caspian Sea, the Jewish yurts and pinnacles of Khazaria. ” said the mahout sharply, alert to the stratagems and deceits of his young charge.
El héroe discreto by Mario Vargas Llosa