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Mario Vargas Llosa


Peruvian writer, writing in Spanish.
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Mario Vargas Llosa
Do the rhetorical quarrels of bourgeois political parties have anything to do with the interests of the humble and downtrodden?
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You can't make facts fit the rules, it is the other way round. The rules have to be adopted to fit the facts.
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Good literature erects bridges between different peoples, and by having us enjoy, suffer, or feel surprise, unites us beneath the languages, beliefs, habits, customs, and prejudices that separate us.




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He is always furious, on account of what he finds out or what he doesn't find out.
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When you start having bad luck, there isn't an end to it.
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It is easy to know what you want to say, but not to say it.
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A clean conscience might help you to get into heaven. but it won't help your career.
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Lima frightened him, it was too big, you could lose yourself in it and never find your way home; the people on the street were total strangers.
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Reading changed dreams into life and life into dreams.
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Every thing is done halfway in Peru, and that is why everything goes wrong.
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We all believe in the regulations, but you have to know how to interpret them.




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Now we have Peronism that is everything: it's the far right and its the center , it's left centrist and is also extreme leftist, it is democracy and is also terrorism, its demagogy is also insanity...Peronism is everything.
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Writing stories was not easy. When they were turned into words, projects withered on the paper and ideas and images failed. How to reanimate them? Fortunately, the masters were there, teachers to learn from and examples to follow. Flaubert taught me that talent is unyielding discipline and long patience. Faulkner, that form writing and structure elevates or impoverishes subjects. Martorell, Cervantes, Dickens, Balzac, Tolstoy, Conrad, Thomas Mann, that scope and ambition are as important in a novel as stylistic dexterity and narrative strategy. Sartre, that words are acts, that a novel, a play, or an essay, engaged with the present moment and better options, can change the course of history. Camus and Orwell, that a literature stripped of morality is inhuman, and Malraux that heroism and the epic are as possible in the present as is the time of the Argonauts, the Odyssey, and the Iliad.
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Like writing, reading is a protest against the insufficiencies of life. When we look in fiction for what is missing in life, we are saying, with no need to say it or even to know it, that life as it is does not satisfy our thirst for the absolute the foundation of the human condition and should be better. We invent fictions in order to live somehow the many lives we would like to lead when we barely have one at our disposal.
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