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DE VIVANCO, Lucero. EL CAPÍTULO PCP-SL EN LA NARRATIVA DE MARIO VARGAS LLOSA. Rev. chil. lit. [online]. 2011, n.80, pp. 5-28. ISSN 0718-2295.

The present article focuses on four narrative texts by Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa that deal with the war between Shining Path and the Peruvian state: the novels Historia de Mayta and Lituma en los Andes, and the documents Informe de Uchuraccay and Historia de una matanza. My reading begins by discussing the writer's theories about "truth" in literature and its independence from reality as shown in La verdad de las mentiras. From this critical position, I propose that these theories are not only problematic in themselves when narrating violence, but also that they do not match with his readers' cultural practices. This point has led to incensed discussions in ideological debates, turning the question of referentiality into a problem of political struggle.

Palabras clave : Vargas Llosa; Peruvian literature; violence; representation; truth.

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