Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (Spanish: La tía Julia y el escribidor) is a novel by Mario Vargas Llosa. It was published by Editorial Seix Barral, S.A., Spain, in 1977. It is the story of an 18 year old student, Mario, who falls for 32 year old divorcee Aunt Julia. The novel is based on the author's real life experience. Mario (an aspiring writer) works at a radio station that broadcasts, live each day, up to a half-dozen novelas (a close relation to North American soap operas). At the same time that the author meets his Aunt Julia, the radio station, which had been buying scripts by weight from Cuba, hires a Bolivian scriptwriter to write the serials. The novel chronicles the script writer's rise and fall in tandem with the protagonist's affair and includes descriptions of the serials that the station broadcasts.
The book is based in part on the author's first marriage, to Julia Urquidi. Urquidi later wrote a memoir, Lo que Varguitas no dijo (What little Vargas didn't say), in which she provided her own version of their relationship.
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter combines a fictional account of a period in Vargas' own life with a picture of Lima Peru in the 1950s, a satirical look at Peruvian radio soap operas, and an examination of both the practical and creative aspects of writing.
Vargas Llosa's novel was later adapted as a Hollywood feature film, Tune in Tomorrow, in which the setting was moved from Lima, Peru, to New Orleans, Louisiana. The original title, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, was retained in the UK release.