NEWS + ANALYSIS
ALBERTO MINGARDI

NEWS + ANALYSIS

MARIO VARGAS LLOSA CELEBRATES THE BOURGEOIS VIRTUES

March 29, 2016 | by Alberto Mingardi

Don Felícito Yanaqué, when he was a schoolboy, never had shoes. When we meet him, age 55, in Mario Vargas Llosa’s 2013 novel The Discreet Hero, first published in English in 2015, he is the self-made man next door. He has a wife that never made him happy, two sons, and a little transport business. People like him rarely appear in novels. If they do, it’s almost invariably as a denunciation of the despicable materialism of the petite bourgeoisie.

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