Novel Lives

The Fictional Autobiographies of Guillermo Cabrera Infante and Mario Vargos Llosa

Novel Lives

176 pp., 6 x 9, notes

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9230-5
    Published: January 1986

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Following an introduction to the theory of autobiographical rhetoric, this study centers on the process of fictionalizing the self in Cabrera Infante’s La Habana para un infante difunto and Vargas Llosa’s La tía Julia y el escribidor. Rosemary Feal examines narrative devices that the self-conscious protagonists employ to translate life into text, and further demonstrates how they create mock autobiographies. The analysis of the autobiographical mode reaches beyond the texts in question, to encompass related forms of storytelling including the picaresque, cinema, soap operas, and erotica, and other works by the authors that are the book’s focus.