Peru Vargas: Politics Is Now His Muse

Is Now His Muse Mario Vargas Llosa, one of Latin America's most famous novelists, is on the verge of becoming President of Peru. And you thought his fiction was surreal

It was true: that cancerous family of mine had every expectation that I'd be a millionaire someday, or at the very least President of the Republic.

-- Mario Vargas Llosa,

Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter

It's at least 100 degrees in the noonday sun. Mario Vargas Llosa stands on an outdoor stage draped with sewn-together sheets pinned with red and white paper flowers. He is in Bagua, a dusty town in the north Peruvian jungle known more for its rice growing than for its literary sophistication. As the primarily Indian audience of several thousand watches, a partially toothless man wearing sunglasses...

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