Learning to read is the most important
Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize for Literature: "Learning to read is the most important thing that has happened to me in life"

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Mario Vargas Llosa

Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize for Literature recognizes that learning to read has been the most important thing in his life

Vargas Llosa

Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa was born in Arequipa on March 28, 1936. He is known as Mario Vargas Llosa and is one of the most important novelists and essayists.

He has won awards as:

  • Nobel Prize for literature (2010)
  • Cervantes Award (1994)
  • Leopoldo Alas Award (1959)
  • Prince of Asturias of Letters (1986)
  • Planet (1993)
  • etc ...

Vargas Llosa achieved great fame in the 1960s. Some of his most relevant novels have been:

  • The city and the dogs (1962)
  • The green house (1965)
  • Conversation in the Cathedral (1969)

Among his books are plays, police, historical and political novels. Several of his novels, such as Pantaleón and the visitors (1973) and La fiesta del Chivo (2000), have been adapted and taken to the cinema.

Learn to read

When he was five years old and lived in Bolivia, Mario Vargas Llosa learned to read. Reading a book was magical. It was about turning words into images and images into adventures.

Then there are the "forbidden" books. The first forbidden book that Vargas Llosa read was "20 poemas de amor y una canción desesperada" ("20 love poems and a desperate song"), which his mother kept on her bedside table. His mother was a good reader and perhaps served as an example in those days to the rookie reader, who of course didn't even imagine that he would devote himself to writing stories.

There are books that excite us, that make us live adventures, others that disappoint us. But we all learn if we walk them with curiosity. Let's encourage reading! As Mario says it is the best we can do.

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