Books: Caged Condor

CONVERSATION IN THE CATHEDRAL by MARIO VARGAS LLOSA Translated by GREGORY RABASSA 601 pages. Harper & Row. $12.50.

While the American novel is still growing warts worrying about which direction to take, The Other American Novel confidently barrels on oblivious to paper shortages and critical advisories that less is more. Throughout Central and South America, writers still seem willing to tackle the long, complex novel of politics, society and class. Open to most literary influences and rarely shy about blending them, Latin American authors frequently give the impression that they are catering a...

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