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Mario Vargas Llosa
(1936-____) born on
Mar 28
Peruvian writer. His commitment to social change is evident in his novels, plays, and essays; was an unsuccessful candidate for president of Peru in 1990.
It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.

Writing a book is a very lonely business. You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories.
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 actually do read, has become literary.
Prosperity or egalitarianism -- you have to choose. I favor freedom -- you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion.
If you are killed because you are a writer, that's the maximum expression of respect, you know.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta," ch. 10, 1984.
R: Accepting Ritz Paris Hemingway Award; in NY "Times," 30 Mar 85
A: The narrator, in The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta, ch. 9 (1984; tr. 1986).
N: In "Independent on Sunday," (London), 5 May 1991.
K: In "Time," 5 Nov 1984.

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