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Mario Vargas Llosa

Datum narození: 28. březen 1936

Mario Vargas Llosa je peruánský romanopisec a esejista. V letech 1967 obdržel cenu Premio Rómulo Gallegos za svůj román Zelený dům a v roce 1994 Premio Cervantes. V roce 2010 se stal nositelem Nobelovy ceny za literaturu.


„Experimentace je pro mě něco naprosto základního. Nesmí být ale účelová.“

„Almost seventy years later I remember clearly how the magic of translating the words in books into images enriched my life, breaking the barriers of time and space...“


„One can't fight with oneself, for this battle has only one loser.“ Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

„Memory is a snare, pure and simple; it alters, it subtly rearranges the past to fit the present.“

„Writers are the exorcists of their own demons.“

„We would be worse than we are without the good books we have read, more conformist, not as restless, more submissive, and the critical spirit, the engine of progress, would not even exist. 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.“

„Its easy to know what you want to say, but not to say it“

„In my case, literature is a kind of revenge. It's something that gives me what real life can't give me - all the adventures, all the suffering. All the experiences I can only live in the imagination, literature completes.“


„I convinced her that her first loyalty isn't to other people, but to her own feelings.“ Travesuras de la niña mala

„Life is a shitstorm, in which art is our only umbrella."
(spoken by character in a novel by Mario Vargas Llosa)“

„But what do I have? The things I'm told and the things I tell, that's all. And as far as I know, that never yet made anyone fly.“ The Storyteller

„La literatura quizá hace a los seres humanos más aptos para la infelicidad, porque despierta unos apetitos y deseos que no pueden cumplirse, pero enriquece la sensibilidad de las personas y las da una comprensión mayor del mundo. Los hace…sentir mucho más aptos para la libertad.“


„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.” Mario Vargas Llosa“

„The secret to happiness, at least to peace of mind, is knowing how to separate sex from love. And, if possible, eliminating romantic love from your life, which is the love that makes you suffer. That way, I assure you, you live with greater tranquility and enjoy things more.“ Travesuras de la niña mala

„That is one thing I am sure of amid my many uncertainties regarding the literary vocation: deep inside, a writer feels that writing is the best thing that ever happened to him, or could ever happen to him, because as far as he is concerned, writing is the best possible way of life, never mind the social, political, or financial rewards of what he might achieve through it.“ Letters to a Young Novelist

„No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing.“

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