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Mario Vargos Llosa

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Mario Vargos Llosa

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Fiction, Mythology

Perspective and Narrator

The Storyteller is narrated in first person by two narrators who alternate chapters. The first is an anonymous Peruvian scholar and writer. The second narrator is a storyteller belonging to the indigenous Machiguenga tribe of Peru.


The Storyteller is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The Storyteller explores the role of the hablador, or storyteller, in the culture of the Machiguengas, an indigenous tribe in Peru. The storyteller travels to Machiguenga homes, retelling tribal legends and passing on news of other tribe members. While studying the tribe, one of the novel's narrators seeks the elusive Machiguenga storyteller. The title also refers to the importance of storytelling traditions throughout history, a major concern of the author, Mario Vargas Llosa, in his critical writings.


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