Mario Vargas Llosa

Novelist, Author

1936 –

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Who is Mario Vargas Llosa?

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". Vargas Llosa is currently a visiting Professor in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.

Vargas Llosa rose to fame in the 1960s with novels such as The Time of the Hero, The Green House, and the monumental Conversation in the Cathedral. He writes prolifically across an array of literary genres, including literary criticism and journalism. His novels include comedies, murder mysteries, historical novels, and political thrillers.

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Born
Mar 28, 1936
Arequipa
Also known as
  • Mario Vargos Llosa
  • Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Agnosticism
  • Agnostic theism
Ethnicity
  • Peruvian
Nationality
  • Peru
  • Spain
Profession
Education
  • National University of San Marcos
    Law
    (1953 - 1958)
  • Literature
  • Complutense University of Madrid
    (1958 - 1960)
  • Secondary education, Leoncio Prado Military Academy
    (1950 - 1952)
Lived in
  • Lima
  • Arequipa
  • Madrid
  • Paris

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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