Mario Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian writer, politician and winner of the Nobel Prize. He is a firm believer of WriteWhatYouKnow and tends to [[ShownTheirWork do the research]] of the subject he’s writing about.
His critics still debate whether he is a modernist or postmodernist. [[InternetBackdraft Better not to get caught in the middle]].
Some of his books have been adapted to the big screen.
He started being a leftist person, and even supported Castro’s government, before he became disillusioned with his dictatorship. Since then, he has allied with more centre-right politics. He competed for the presidency of his country in the early ‘90s, but was defeated by the EnsembleDarkHorse [[PresidentEvil Alberto Fujimori]] [[note]]And if you know something about him, maybe you could see it as a FunnyAneurysmMoment[[/note]].
He’s also the guy who said that Mexico “is the perfect dictatorship.” Of course, that was back then in 1990. He also [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown got in a fight with his once-friend]] GabrielGarciaMarquez [[NoodleIncident for some reason]] and they haven’t spoken to each other since then.
His bibliography includes:
* ''The Cubs and Other Stories'' (1959)
* ''Literature/TheTimeOfTheHero'' (1963)
* ''Literature/TheGreenHouse'' (1966)
* ''Literature/ConversationInTheCathedral'' (1969)
* ''Literature/CaptainPantojaAndTheSpecialService'' (1973)
* ''Literature/AuntJuliaAndTheScriptwriter'' (1977)
* ''Literature/TheWarOfTheEndOfTheWorld'' (1981)
* ''Literature/TheRealLifeOfAlejandroMayta'' (1984)
* ''Literature/WhoKilledPalominoMorelo?'' (1986)
* ''The Storyteller'' (1987)
* ''Literature/InPraiseOfTheStepmother'' (1988)
* ''Literature/DeathInTheAndes'' (1993)
* ''Literature/NotebooksOfDonRigoberto'' (1997)
* ''Literature/TheFeastOfTheGoat'' (2000)
* ''Literature/TheWayToParadise'' (2003)
* ''Literature/TheBadGirl'' (2006)
* ''Literature/TheDreamOfTheCelt'' (2010)
!!Tropes about him and his work:
* BusmansHoliday: He has stated that he writes on his vacations.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: “On Sunday”.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Pichulita Cuéllar in “The Cubs” (it’s the Spanish equivalent of being called Dickie).
* GroinAttack: “The Cubs”.
* HollywoodDrowning: Averted in “On Sunday”. Though Rubén still splashes and screams for help, Miguel knows to not let Ruben touch him or they’ll both drown; instead, Miguel takes him by the hair to save him.
* HonorBeforeReason: Don Leonidas and Justo in “The Challenge”.
* IncestIsRelative: He caused a turmoil on his family when he married his uncle's sister-in-law. This is narrated in ''Literature/AuntJuliaAndTheScriptwriter''.
* KnifeFight: “The Challenge”.
* OverprotectiveDad: Mario’s father in ''Aunt Julia'', Cuéllar’s father in “The Cubs”.
* ARealManIsAKiller: Don Leonidas’ opinion in “The Challenge”.
* [[ShownTheirWork Shown His Work]]
* StraightGay: Suspected on Cuéllar in “The Cubs”.
* TeensAreMonsters: Sometimes played straight, sometimes subverted.
* WildMassGuessing: Nobody knows why he fought with García Márquez; both of them avoid the issue on purpose.
* WriteWhatYouKnow: Some of his work is based on his personal life.