The Time of the Hero

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First Spanish edition
(publ. Seix Barral)

The Time of the Hero (original title: La ciudad y los perros, literally "The City and the Dogs", 1963) is a 1963 novel by Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel Prize in 2010. It was Vargas Llosa's first novel and is set among the cadets at the Leoncio Prado Military Academy in Lima, which he attended as a teenager. The novel portrays the school so scathingly that its leadership burned a large number of copies and condemned the book as Ecuadorian propaganda against Peru.[1]

It is notable for its experimental and complex employment of multiple perspectives in a non-linear fashion.

It won the 1962 Premio Biblioteca Breve for best unpublished novel.[2]

The novel was later turned into a film by Peruvian director Francisco Lombardi.


  1. ^ "Introduction & Overview of The Time of the Hero". BookRags. Retrieved 2016-04-30.
  2. ^ "Cinco novelas esenciales de Mario Vargas Llosa" [Five Essential Novels by Mario Vargas Llosa]. Semana (in Spanish). 10 July 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2018.

External links[edit]

  • Magnarelli, Sharon (May 1981), "La ciudad y los perros: Women and Language", Hispania, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, 64 (2): 215–225, doi:10.2307/341856, JSTOR 341856.
  • La ciudad y los perros, information on the film from the IMDb