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World Thinkers 2015: Mario Vargas Llosa

Writer and politician. Peru

By Prospect Team  

Vargas Llosa is not just the grand old man of South American letters (he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2010 and is the author of 18 works of fiction, 9 plays and 16 works of non-fiction); he is also one of the most authoritative commentators on the politics of the continent (albeit from exile in Spain). In 1990, disenchanted by the left-wing presidency of Alan Garcia, Vargas Llosa ran for the Peruvian presidency on a free-market ticket. He lost in…

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