Mario Vargas Llosa

15Mario Vargas Llosa Quotes

Peruvian Writer born on March 28, 1936,

Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa, 1st Marquis of Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, essayist, college professor, and recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America's most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading writers of his generation. Some critics consider him to have had a larger international impact and worldwide audience than any other writer of the Latin American Boom. Upon announcing the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy said it had been given to Vargas Llosa "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat"... (source)

Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship: that is what is at stake in these elections. view quote

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

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. view quote

You cannot teach creativity - how to become a good writer. But you can help a young writer discover within himself what kind of writer he would like to be. view quote

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

If you are killed because you are a writer, that's the maximum expression of respect, you know. view quote

There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity. view quote

Eroticism has its own moral justification because it says that pleasure is enough for me; it is a statement of the individual's sovereignty. view quote

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. view quote

No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing. view quote