Mario Vargas Llosa, himself the main character of this novel, writes about a friend he knew in college, Saul Zuratas, who was a passionate student of a tribe in the Amazonas jungle, the Machiguengas. The strong relationship they both had has desintegrated thirty years later, but when Mario is visiting a Machiguenga photo exposition in Florence, he finds a character in one of them which seems too familiar: a white man telling stories to other machiguengas as if he were part of these people. Could it be Saul?
Mario himself becomes interested in the Machiguengas when years later he's a TV host of a cultural show and finally decides to write this story.
This report prepared by Augusto Wong Campos