cover image The Storyteller

The Storyteller

Mario Vargas Llosa. Penguin Books, $12.95 (256pp) ISBN 978-0-14-014349-2

A narrator tells of his college friend, a man obsessed with preserving the culture of a tiny isolated Indian tribe in the Amazon jungle. ``The author's moral conscience and political consciousness are evidenced in this slim volume, less conventional novel than a blend of memoir, folklore and polemic,'' observed PW. (Oct.)