Fiction: The BEST OF 1982: Books

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa. One of Latin America's leading writers transforms the vagaries of his youth into a daring, multilayered novel about love and art in Lima, Peru.

Bech Is Back by John Updike. Henry Bech, an exquisitely blocked author, returns, marries and almost accidentally produces a bestseller in one of Updike's most adroit and lively comic performances.

The Collected Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer. The Nobel laureate chooses 47 tales of demons, dybbuks and exuberantly flawed men and women, set mainly in his native Poland and his adopted Manhattan.

The Dean's December by Saul Bellow....

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