"With wood you make the fire that cooks your food, with wood you build the house where you live": First Edition of Mario Vargas Llosa's Captain Pantoja and the Special Service; Signed by Him

  • Captain Pantoja and the Special Service.

Captain Pantoja and the Special Service.

Item Number: 104

New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1978.

First edition of this early novel by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Mario Vargas Llosa on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Translated by George Kolovakos and Ronald Christ.

The story takes place in the Peruvian department of Amazonas, where troops from the Peruvian Army are attended to by prostitutes, referred to euphemistically in the Spanish term visitadora, meaning “visitor” and in juridical terms it means “auditor”, "inspector" or "examiner". It has been adapted into two films. The first was made in 1975 and was co-directed by Mario Vargas Llosa himself. The second film was made in 2000 and was directed by Francisco J. Lombardi.