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"Writing a book is a very lonely business. You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories." -- Mario Vargas Llosa
Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa (; born March 28, 1936) is a Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, essayist, and Nobel Prize laureate. Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America's most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading authors 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. He was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat".

He is the person who, in 1990, "coined the phrase that circled the globe", declaring on Mexican television, "Mexico is the perfect dictatorship", a statement which became an adage during the following decade.

Vargas Llosa rose to fame in the 1960s with novels such as The Time of the Hero (La ciudad y los perros, literally The City and the Dogs, 1963/1966), The Green House (La casa verde, 1965/1968), and the monumental Conversation in the Cathedral (Conversación en la catedral, 1969/1975). 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. Several, such as Captain Pantoja and the Special Service (1973/1978) and Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (1977/1982), have been adapted as feature films.

Many of Vargas Llosa's works are influenced by the writer's perception of Peruvian society and his own experiences as a native Peruvian. Increasingly, however, he has expanded his range, and tackled themes that arise from other parts of the world. Another change over the course of his career has been a shift from a style and approach associated with literary modernism, to a sometimes playful postmodernism.

Like many Latin American authors, Vargas Llosa has been politically active throughout his career; over the course of his life, he has gradually moved from the political left towards the right. While he initially supported the Cuban revolutionary government of Fidel Castro, Vargas Llosa later became disenchanted. He ran for the Peruvian presidency in 1990 with the center-right Frente Democrático (FREDEMO) coalition, advocating neoliberal reforms. He has subsequently supported moderate conservative candidates.

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Total Books: 503
Liberties Journal of Culture and Politics
Harsh Times A Novel
2022 - Harsh Times a Novel (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781250858955
ISBN-10: 125085895X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

La littrature est ma vengeance Conversation
2021 - La Littrature Est Ma Vengeance Conversation (Other)
ISBN-13: 9782072838293
ISBN-10: 2072838290
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Tiempos recios / Fierce Times
2019 - Tiempos Recios / Fierce Times [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781644731048
ISBN-10: 1644731045
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Aux Cinq Rues Lima
2019 - Aux Cinq Rues Lima (Other)
ISBN-13: 9782072824630
ISBN-10: 207282463X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Neighborhood
2019 - The Neighborhood (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780571333103
ISBN-10: 0571333109
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Les contes de la peste
2019 - Les Contes De La Peste (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782072757761
ISBN-10: 2072757762

La ciudad y los perros   / The Time of the Hero
2019 - La Ciudad Y Los Perros / the Time of the Hero [edición del cincuentenario - Edición conmemorativa de la RAE - Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781949061383
ISBN-10: 1949061388
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment

La civilizacin del espectculo / The Spectacle Civilization
2018 - La Civilizacin Del Espectculo / the Spectacle Civilization [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788490625590
ISBN-10: 849062559X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

La llamada de la tribu/The Call of the Tribe
2018 - La Llamada De La Tribu/the Call of the Tribe [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781947783393
ISBN-10: 1947783394
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Neighborhood A Novel
2018 - The Neighborhood a Novel (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780374155124
ISBN-10: 0374155127
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Sabers and Utopias Visions of Latin America Essays
2018 - Sabers and Utopias VIsions of Latin America Essays (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780374253738
ISBN-10: 0374253730
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction

Conversacin en Princeton / Conversation at Princeton
2018 - Conversacin En Princeton / Conversation at Princeton [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788420431789
ISBN-10: 8420431788
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Travesuras de la nia mala / The Bad Girl
2017 - Travesuras De La Nia Mala / the Bad Girl [Contemporánea - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788490625927
ISBN-10: 8490625921
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment

La fiesta del chivo/The Feast of the Goat
2017 - La Fiesta Del Chivo/the Feast of the Goat [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788490625637
ISBN-10: 8490625638
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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La ciudad y los perros/The Time of the Hero
2017 - La Ciudad Y Los Perros/the Time of the Hero [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788490625934
ISBN-10: 849062593X
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment

Quien mato a Palomino Molero
2017 - Quien Mato a Palomino Molero [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9786073143363
ISBN-10: 6073143362
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Conversacin en la catedral/Conversation in the Cathedral
2016 - Conversacin En La Catedral/conversation in the Cathedral [Contemporanea - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788490625620
ISBN-10: 849062562X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

El paraiso en la otra esquina / The Way to Paradise A Novel
2016 - El Paraiso En La Otra Esquina / the Way to Paradise a Novel [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788490625910
ISBN-10: 8490625913
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment

Notes on the Death of Culture Essays on Spectacle and Society
Cinco esquinas
2016 - Cinco Esquinas [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781941999707
ISBN-10: 1941999700
Genre: Literature & Fiction

2015 - La Guerra Del Fin Del Mundo [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2015 - La Ta Julia Y El Escribidor [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2015 - La Casa Verde [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2015 - El Hablador [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2015 - La Tentacin De Lo Imposible [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2015 - La Verdad De Las Mentiras [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2015 - La Orga Perpetua [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2015 - Fonchito Y La Luna [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2015 - La Civilizacin Del Espectculo [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2015 - Conversation in the Cathedral [Chinese Edition] (Hardcover)
2015 - La Literatura Es Mi Venganza [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2015 - Cartas a Un Jven Novelista [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2015 - A Orgia Perptua Flaubert E Madame Bovary [Em Portuguese do Brasil] (Paperback)
2014 - El Hroe Discreto [SIN CODIFICAR - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2013 - Civilizacao Do Espetaculo [Em Portugues do Brasil] (Paperback)
2012 - Cartas a Un Joven Novelista [Letters to a Young Novelist - Spanish Edition - Ensayo Punto de Lectura] (Paperback)
2012 - La Civilizacion Del Espectaculo [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2011 - La Utopia Arcaica Jose Maria Arguedas Y Las Ficciones Del Indigenismo [Ensayo Punto de Lectura - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2011 - El VIaje a La Ficcion [Spanish Edition - A Flight Into Fiction - Ensayo Punto de Lectura] (Paperback)
2011 - Elogio De La Madrastra [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback
2010 - El Pez En El Agua [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2010 - Mi Primer Mario Vargas Llosa Fonchito Y La Luna [Mi Primer / My First - Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
2010 - La Utopia Arcaica / the Archaic Utopia [Biblioteca Mario Vargas Llosa / Mario Vargas Llosa Library - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - La Verdad De Las Mentiras / the Truth About Lies [Punto De Lectura - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
2009 - La Libertad Y La VIda [Fuera De Coleccion - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - Travesuras De La Nina Mala / the Bad Girl [Narrativa Punto de Lectura - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - Lituma En Los Andes [Esenciales - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2009 - Elogio Da Madrasta [Em Portugues do Brasil] (Paperback)
2008 - Carta De Batalla Por Tirant Lo Blanc [Biblioteca Mario Vargas Llosa - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - El Paraiso En La Otra Esquina/ the Way to Paradise [Narrativa Punto de Lectura - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - La Casa Verde/ the Green House [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - Wellsprings [The Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature] (Hardcover)
2008 - Pantaleon Y Las VIsitadoras [Narrativa Punto de Lectura] (Paperback)
2008 - Novelas Y Teatros / Novels and Plays [1987-1997 - Obras Completas: Opera Mundi / Complete Works: Opera Mundi - Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
2007 - Conversacion En La Catedral Td 07 [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
2007 - Conversacion En La Catedral/ Conversation in the Cathedral [Narrativa Punto de Lectura - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2007 - Novelas 19691977 / Novels 19691977 [Obras Completas / Complete Works - Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
2007 - Los Andes [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2006 - Lituma En Los Andes / Death in the Andes [Novela Booket Numbered] (Paperback)
2006 - La VIe En Mouvement [French Edition] (Paperback)
2005 - La Tentacion De Lo Imposible [Punto de Lectura] (Paperback)
2005 - Novelas Y Teatro 19811986/ Novels and Plays 19811986 [Obras Completas De Mario Vargas Llosa/ Complete Works of Mario Vargas Llosa - Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
2004 - Novelas / Novels [1969-1977 - Obras Completas: Opera Mundi / Complete Works: Opera Mundi - Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
2004 - Narraciones Y Novelas 19591967 / Short Stories and Novels 19591967 [Obras Completas: Opera Mundi / Complete Works: Opera Mundi - Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
2003 - Hij Que Es La Globalizacion [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
2003 - Threebies Mario Vargas Llosa [Faber "Threebies"] (Paperback)
2002 - El Lenguaje De La Pasin [Punto De Lectura, 3/7] (Paperback)
2002 - Martn Chambi 19201950 [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
2001 - Andes (Hardcover)
2001 - La Fiesta Del Chivo [Punto de Lectura] (Paperback)
2000 - En El Reino Del Espanto [Biblioteca breve - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1999 - Conversacin En La Catedral [Biblioteca Mario Vargas Llosa] (Paperback)
1997 - Una Historia No Oficial [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
1995 - Lituma En Los Andes/lituma in the Andes [Coleccion Autores Espanoles E Hispanoamericanos] (Hardcover)
1991 - Los Cachorros / Les Chiots [Bilingual French and Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1991 - Los Jefes Los Cachorros [El Libro de bolsillo ; 700 : Sección Literatura] (Paperback)
1990 - Three Plays (Other)
1989 - Martin Chambi 19201950 [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1980 - Los Jefes / Los Cachorros [Biblioteca breve - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1978 - L'orgie Perptuelle [Flaubert et Madame Bovary] (Paperback)
1976 - El Cuento Hispanoamericano Contemporneo Antologa [Colección Arbolí, 1 - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Fiction the Power of Lies [Meredith memorial lecture] (Paperback)
Entre Sartre Y Camus [Coleccion La Nave y el puerto : ensayo/critica] (Paperback)
Literature and Freedom [CIS occasional papers] (Paperback)
Botero [L'Autre musee - French Edition] (Paperback)
Al Pie Del Tamesis [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
La Orgia Perpetua [Libro amigo ; 1502/626 - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Obras Escogidas Novelas Y Cuentos [Biblioteca de autores modernos - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Diario De Irak [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
La Orgia Perpetua Flaubert Y Madame Bovary [Persiles ; 80 - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
La Senorita De Tacna Pieza En Dos Actos [Biblioteca breve - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Kathie Y El Hipopotamo [Biblioteca breve] (Paperback)
Contra VIento Y Marea [1962-1982 - Biblioteca breve] (Paperback)
Historia De Mayta/the Real Life of Alejandro Mayta [Biblioteca breve - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
La Chunga/the Jest [Biblioteca breve - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
El Loco De Los Balcones Teatro [Biblioteca breve - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Conversacion En La Catedral II [Spanish Edition - Obras Maestras de la Literatura Contemporanea] (Hardcover)
Los Jefeslos Cachorros [Fiction, Poetry & Drama] (Paperback)
Contra VIento Y Marea 19621982 [Biblioteca breve - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Jose Maria Arguedas Entre Sapos Y Halcones [Coleccion Plural - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Travessuras Da Menina Ma [Em Portugues do Brasil] (Paperback)
Orgia Perpetua La [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Los Jefes [Serie Roja Alfaguara - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)