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In Praise of Reading and Fiction: The Nobel Lecture December 7, 2010

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ISBN13: 9780374175757
ISBN10: 0374175756
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On December 7, 2010, Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His Nobel lLecture is a resounding tribute to fictions power to inspire readers to greater ambition, to dissent, and to political action. “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,” Vargas Llosa writes. “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.” Vargas Llosas lecture is a powerful argument for the necessity of literature in our lives today. For, as he eloquently writes, “literature not only submerges us in the dream of beauty and happiness but alerts us to every kind of oppression.”

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Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010. Peru's foremost writer, he has been awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. His many works include The Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The War of the End of the World, and The Storyteller. He lives in London.

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wardogrs, September 16, 2012 (view all comments by wardogrs)
It is difficult to be objective, since MVL is one of my long time favorites. This "lecture" is a quick read and yet, it has a lingering and edifying imprint on one's mind and soul. I was especially moved in the paragraphs identifying the historical irony of the South American colonists fighting for their freedoms, obtaining the freedoms and yet not extending those freedoms to the various indigenous populations. This is a minor part of the lecture, but it was woven into it with his usual grace and style. The overall lecture does capture his title as he shares the impact of his personal history of reading and subsequent career of writing. What a contribution his life's work is for all of us. MVL was more than worthy of the Nobel!



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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374175757
Author:
Vargas Llosa, Mario
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Vargas, Mario
Author:
Grossman, Edith
Author:
Llosa, Mario Vargas
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
7.500 x 5.000 in

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