First Edition of the Nobel Prize-Winning Author’s First Book To Be Translated into English The Time of the Hero; Signed by Mario Vargas Llosa

  • The Time of the Hero.

The Time of the Hero.

Item Number: 1567

New York: Grove Press, 1966.

First edition in English of Vargas Llosa’s first novel. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Mario Vargas Llosa on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket with just a touch of wear. Translated by Lysander Kemp.

When The Time of the Hero was first published in Peru in 1962, it was considered so scandalous that a thousand copies were burned in an official ceremony at the Leoncio Prado Military Academy. That same year, the book received the Biblioteca Breve Prize, an award given to the best work of fiction in the Spanish language. It was later filmed by Peruvian director Francisco Lombardi.