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The Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa (April 2015)

Mario Vargas Llosa is the winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature.

The Discreet Hero is a thrilling new masterpiece from the finest Latin American novelist at work today.

Set in contemporary Peru, glinting with new prosperity, The Discreet Hero follows two fascinating characters whose lives are destined to intersect: a small businessman in the northern town of Piura, who finds himself the victim of blackmail; and the 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.

These men are - each in his own quiet way - discreet rebels: honourable men trying to seize control of their destinies in a social and political climate where lives can seem predetermined.  They are hardly vigilantes but each is willing to risk everything to live according to his own personal ideals and desires.

A number one bestseller on publication in Spanish, The Discreet Hero is an extraordinary story of the courage of the individual, a novel whose humour and pathos shine through in Edith Grossman's masterly translation.
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