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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.
         
   
F
It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.

R
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.
A
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.
N
Prosperity or egalitarianism -- you have to choose. I favor freedom -- you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion.
K
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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