Mario Vargas Llosa (born 1936) is a Peruvian writer, politician and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. He is a firm believer of Write What You Know and tends to do the research of the subject hes writing about.
His critics still debate whether he is a modernist or postmodernist.
Some of his books have been adapted to the big screen.
He started being a leftist person, and even supported Castros 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 Ensemble Dark Horse Alberto Fujimori note . Disheartened by his loss, Vargas Llosa moved to Spain and became a Spanish citizen, though he still spends time in Peru.
Hes also the guy who said that Mexico is the perfect dictatorship. Of course, that was back then in 1990. He also got in a fight with his once-friend Gabriel García Márquez for some reason and they havent spoken to each other since then.
His bibliography includes:
- The Cubs and Other Stories (1959)
- The Time of the Hero (1963)
- The Green House (1966)
- Conversation In The Cathedral (1969)
- Captain Pantoja and the Special Service (1973)
- Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (1977)
- The War of the End of the World (1981)
- The Real Life Of Alejandro Mayta (1984)
- Who Killed Palomino Morelo? (1986)
- The Storyteller (1987)
- In Praise Of The Stepmother (1988)
- Death In The Andes (1993)
- Notebooks Of Don Rigoberto (1997)
- The Feast of the Goat (2000)
- The Way To Paradise (2003)
- The Bad Girl (2006)
- The Dream Of The Celt (2010)
Tropes about him and his work:
- Busman's Holiday: He has stated that he writes on his vacations.
- Defeat Means Friendship: On Sunday.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Pichulita Cuéllar in The Cubs (its the Spanish equivalent of being called Dickie).
- Hollywood Drowning: Averted in On Sunday. Though Rubén still splashes and screams for help, Miguel knows to not let Ruben touch him or theyll both drown; instead, Miguel takes him by the hair to save him.
- Honor Before Reason: Don Leonidas and Justo in The Challenge.
- Incest Is Relative: He caused a turmoil on his family when he married his uncle's sister-in-law. This is narrated in Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter.
- Knife Fight: The Challenge.
- Only Known by Their Nickname
- Overprotective Dad: Marios father in Aunt Julia, Cuéllars father in The Cubs.
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Don Leonidas opinion in The Challenge.
- Straight Gay: Suspected on Cuéllar in The Cubs.
- Teens Are Monsters: Sometimes played straight, sometimes subverted.