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Mario Vargos Llosa

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Narrator, Chapter 4 torytelling can be … something that thevery existence of a people may depend on. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, The New Yorker Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Legacy ofColonialism The Inca and Spanish empires changed South America forever. Storytelling’sUniversal Power Myths help cultures remember the past and face the present. Cultural Assimilation: Pros & Cons Tribe members adopt Western lifestyles but lose their heritage. Themes Narrator Curious, cynical friend and classmate of Saúl; writer, law student, and documentary producer; wants to write about Peru’s Machiguenga storytellers Saúl Zuratas Intelligent, kindhearted student from a Jewish background; advocates for rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon forest Storyteller Mysterious, respected wanderer in the Machiguenga tribe; travels through the forest to tell tribe members news, myths, and folktales Main Characters A visionary writer of the Latin American literary renaissance and winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature, Llosa examines power, corruption, and social change. Politically active, he ran for president of Peru in 1990. The Storyteller explores Peru’s legacy of colonialism and treatment of indigenous groups. MARIO VARGAS LLOSABORN 1936 Author The narrator comes to believe that Saúl became a Machiguenga storyteller. Mysterious Transformation Before parting ways with Saúl, the narrator learns about the storyteller figure. A Machiguenga Tradition The narrator and Saúl debatethe inevitability of encroachment on Amazon tribes. Fate of theAmazon Saúl Zuratas, a brilliant Peruvian student with a disfiguring birthmark, seems destined for an academic future. Instead he disappears. The narrator, Saúl’s closest friend, begins his own career, leading him unexpectedly to the elusive, magical storyteller of a nomadic Amazon tribe. Gather Around& Listen OVERVIEW Spanish Original Language 1987 Year Published Mario Vargas Llosa Author The Storyteller Mythology Novel

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