Vargas Llosa, MarioThe Bad GirlHard Cover. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. First American Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.Translated from the original Spanish by Edith Grossman. First American edition. Signed by Vargas Llosa on the title page. Inscribed by Grossman on the title page: "Edith Grossman / 3-20-11 / NYC". Publisher's red cloth, lettered in silver; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Charlotte Strick, lettered in white and yellow. A fine copy; in a fine, unclipped dust jacket. A beautiful copy, signed by both author and translator. First published in 2006 under the title Travesuras de la niÃ±a mala, this novel tells the story of Ricardo Somocurcio and his ongoing albeit fleeting romance with the eponymous "bad girl," whom he first meets as "Lily" in Peru. Ricardo continues to meet Lily, who reappears in his life disguised by various aliases and false personas, and he continues to love her throughout his life and travels. In many ways, The Bad Girl is Vargas Llosa's iteration of Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary. Notably, Vargas Llosa was a life-long fan of Flaubert's writing. Indeed, this novel's femme fatale's third identity is Mme. Arnoux, which is also the name of Frederic Moreau's love interest in Flaubert's Sentimental Education.
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