Lo que Varguitas no dijo: A Memoir of Love and Literature
Lo que Varguitas no dijo (What Little Vargas Didn't Say) is an autobiographical work by Julia Urquidi published in 1983, which focuses on the time she lived a relationship with the writer Mario Vargas Llosa. They married in May 1955, when Vargas Llosa was 19 years old and she was 29, after facing different problems because Julia was the sister of the aunt of Vargas Llosa. The marriage lasted until 1964, when they divorced due to the infidelity of Vargas Llosa with his cousin Patricia Llosa.
The book is a response to Vargas Llosa's novel La tÃa Julia y el escribidor (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter), published in 1977, which fictionalizes their relationship from the perspective of Vargas Llosa. Urquidi felt that the novel distorted their love story and portrayed her as a frivolous and manipulative woman. She decided to write her own version of the facts, revealing details of their intimacy, their travels, their literary projects, and their conflicts. She also criticizes Vargas Llosa's political views and his ambition for fame and power.
Lo que Varguitas no dijo is a testimony of a woman who lived a passionate and turbulent romance with one of the most important Latin American writers of the 20th century. It is also a reflection on the role of women in society, the challenges of marriage, and the influence of literature on life.Lo que Varguitas no dijo was published in 1983 by Editorial Sudamericana in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The book received mixed reviews from critics and readers. Some praised Urquidi's courage and honesty in telling her side of the story, while others accused her of being bitter and resentful towards Vargas Llosa. Some also questioned the veracity of some of her claims and the quality of her writing style.
The book was a bestseller in several Latin American countries, especially in Peru, where it sparked a controversy and a debate about the relationship between Vargas Llosa and Urquidi. The book also attracted the attention of the media and the public, who were curious about the details of their romance and their breakup. The book was translated into several languages, including English, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese.Julia Urquidi Illanes was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on May 30, 1926. She was the fourth of five children of Carlos Urquidi and MarÃa del Carmen Illanes. Her older sister, Olga, married Luis Llosa Ureta, who was the uncle of Mario Vargas Llosa. Julia married for the first time with Jaime AlcÃzar, from whom she divorced. She married for the second time with Mario Vargas Llosa in May 1955, when he was 19 years old and she was 29. They faced many problems because of their age difference and their family ties. They lived in Paris, where Mario studied and began his literary career. They did not have children. They divorced in 1964, after Mario left Julia for his cousin Patricia Llosa Urquidi, who was Julia's niece.
Julia married for the third time with RenÃ Pacheco. She worked as a personal secretary of the wives of the generals RenÃ Barrientos and Hugo Banzer. She also worked as a chief of protocol of the municipality of La Paz. She died in Santa Cruz de la Sierra on March 10, 2010, due to a respiratory complication. 061ffe29dd