Mario Vargas Llosa


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Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa, 1st Marquis of Vargas Llosa (born March 28, 1936) is a Peruvian-Spanish writer, politician, journalist, essayist, and recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Peru, Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America's most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading authors of his generation. Some critics consider him to have had a larger ... more »

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  • ''Prosperity or egalitarianism—you have to choose. I favor freedom—you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion.''
    Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936), Peruvian novelist. Independent on Sunday (London, May 5, 1991).
  • ''Eroticism has its own moral justification because it says that pleasure is enough for me; it is a statement of the individual's sovereignty.''
    Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936), Peruvian novelist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, October 23, 1990).
  • ''It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.''
    Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936), Peruvian novelist. The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta, ch. 10 (1984, trans. 1986).
  • ''There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity.''
    Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936), Peruvian novelist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, April 1, 1988).
  • Since it is impossible to know what's really happening, we Peruvians lie, invent, dream and take refuge in illusion. Because of these strange circumstances, Peruvian life, a life in which so few actua...
    Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936), Peruvian novelist. The narrator, in The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta, ch. 9 (1984, trans. 1986).
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