The Bad Girl

The Bad Girl

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Baker & Taylor
Presents the story of a love affair between a Peruvian translator and an adventurous and independent woman, "the bad girl," as it unfolds over the course of forty years, from Lima to London, Paris, Tokyo, and Madrid.

McMillan Palgrave
Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl. He loves her as a teenager known as "Lily" in Lima in 1950, when she arrives one summer out of the blue, claiming to be from Chile but vanishing the moment her claim is exposed as fiction. He loves her next in Paris, where she appears as the enchanting "Comrade Arlette," an activist en route to Cuba, and becomes his lover, albeit n icy, remote one who denies knowing anything about the ily of years gone by. Whoever the bad girl turns up as--whether t's Madame Robert Arnoux, the wife of a high-ranking UNESCO fficial, or Kuriko, the mistress of a sinister Japanese businessman--and however poorly she treats him, Ricardo is doomed to worship her.

The protean Lily, gifted liar and irresistible, maddening muse--does Ricardo ever know who she really is? The answer is as unclear s what has become of Ricardo himself, a lifelong expatriate hadowed by the sense that he is only ever drifting. In MarioVargas Llosa's beguiling new novel, the strange bedfellows of good and bad turn out not to be what they appear.


Holtzbrinck
Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl. He loves her as a teenager known as “Lily” in Lima in 1950, when she arrives one summer out of the blue, claiming to be from Chile but vanishing the moment her claim is exposed as fiction. He loves her next in Paris, where she appears as the enchanting “Comrade Arlette,” an activist en route to Cuba, and becomes his lover, albeit n icy, remote one who denies knowing anything about the ily of years gone by. Whoever the bad girl turns up as—whether t’s Madame Robert Arnoux, the wife of a high-ranking UNESCO fficial, or Kuriko, the mistress of a sinister Japanese businessman—and however poorly she treats him, Ricardo is doomed to worship her.
 
The protean Lily, gifted liar and irresistible, maddening muse—does Ricardo ever know who she really is? The answer is as unclear s what has become of Ricardo himself, a lifelong expatriate hadowed by the sense that he is only ever drifting. In MarioVargas Llosa’s beguiling new novel, the strange bedfellows of good and bad turn out not to be what they appear.


Blackwell North Amer
Ricardo Somocurcio is in love with a bad girl. He loves her as the teenage "Lily" in Lima in 1950, when she arrives one summer out of the blue, saying she's from Chile and vanishing the instant her claim is exposed as fiction. He loves her again in Paris, where she is the enchanting "Comrade Arlette," an activist en route to Cuba and a remote lover who denies knowing anything about the Lily of their youth. As the years pass, whatever guise the bad girl assumes - whether that of Madame Robert Arnoux, the wife of a high-ranking UNESCO official, or of Kuriko, the mistress of a sinister Japanese businessman - and however she abuses him, Ricardo is doomed to worship her.
The protean Lily, inspired liar and irresistible muse - will Ricardo ever learn who she really is? The answer is as unclear as what has become of Ricardo himself, a lifelong expatriate shadowed by the sense that he is only ever drifting. With this brilliantly poignant and intimate new novel, Vargas Llosa has created both a beguiling romance about the power of obsession and a moving meditation on the vicissitudes of individual lives lived against the ever-changing backdrop of history.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374182434
0374182434
Branch Call Number: FIC Vargas Llosa, M 2007
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Grossman, Edith 1936-

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