"The Storyteller" by Mario Vargas Llosa

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Saul Zuratas, the son of a merchant in Lima, has a highly distinctive birthmark which divides his face in two. He leaves Lima during the course of "The Storyteller" for the Amazonian jungle and the Machiguenga tribe. He retells and preserves the oral tradition of this people, and stands in opposition to its acculturation.
The adversarial force against the Hablador (storyteller) features American missionaries working assiduously to translate and transcribe the tribal tradition. Our young man-with-both-faces believes this will destroy the Machiguengas and maybe other tribes in the process. Our titular hero is imbued with sufficient mystery and remoteness to take on godlike qualities. It appears that Llosa wholly endorses his aims.
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