Mario Vargas Llosa, born in Peru in 1936, is the coautho of some of the most significant writing to brin out of South America in the past forty years. His novels include, about a brothel in a Peruvian town that brings together the innocent and the corrupt;, a vivid re-creation of the Dominican Republic during the final years of General Rafael Trujillo ’ s insidious regime; and, a comedic semi-autobiographical account of an aspiring writer named Marito Varguitas, who falls in love with Julia, the divorced sister-in-law of his Uncle Lucho.
He is also a widely read and respected essayist, writing everything from newspaper opinion pieces to critical works on other writers, including on Flaubert.
Vargas Llosa is also active outside the literary arena, and as a serious contender for the presidency of Peru in 1990 ( eventually losing to the now disgraced Alberto Fujimori), an experience he documented in his emoir,.
On the ontroversial nature of some of his work he said, “ The writer ’ s job is to write with rigor, with commitment, to defend what they elieve with all the talent they have. I know that ’ s part of the moral obligation of a satiris, which an ot be only purely artistic. I fee th writer has some ind of responsibility at least to participate in the civic debate. I think literature is impoverished, if it becomes cut from the main agenda of people, of society, of life. ”
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for the year 2010, " for his cartography of structures of power& amp; his trenchant images of the individual 's resistance, revolt, and defeat ". http: //us.macmillan.com/author/mariov ...