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A World for Julius: A Novel
by Alfredo Bryce Echenique
translated by Dick Gerdes and J. A. Marzán
introduction by Julio Ortega
University of Wisconsin Press, 2004
Paper: 978-0-299-19674-5
Library of Congress Classification PQ8498.12.R94M813 2004
Dewey Decimal Classification 863.64


    Julius was born in a mansion on Salaverry Avenue, directly across from the old San Felipe Hippodrome. Life-size Disney characters and cowboy movie heroes romp across the walls of his nursery. Out in the carriage house, his great-grandfather’s ornate, moldering carriage takes him on imaginary adventures. But Julius’s father is dead, and his beautiful young mother passes through her children’s lives like an ephemeral shooting star. Despite the soft shelter of family and money, hard realities overshadow Julius’s expanding world, just as the rugged Andes loom over his home in Lima.
    This lyrical, richly textured novel, first published in 1970 as Un mundo para Julius, opens new territory in Latin American literature with its focus on the social elite of Peru. In this postmodern novel Bryce Echenique incisively charts the decline of an influential, centuries-old aristocratic family faced with the invasion of foreign capital in the 1950s.

Winner of the Outstanding Translation Award of the American Literary Translators Association and the Columbia University Translation Center Award.

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