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Mario Vargas Llosa

Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, and essayist

Mario Vargas Llosa Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmaɾjo ˈbaɾɣas ˈʎosa] is a Peruvian writer, politician, journalist and essayist. Winner of the Nobel prize for literature, he is one of the most renown writers of modern times. He has written many books, plays and essays and still writes. A few famous books are listed below:

  • The City and the Dogs (1965)
  • The Green House (1965)
  • Conversation in the Cathedral (1969)
  • Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (1977)
  • The War of the End of the World (1981)
  • The Feast of the Goat (2000)
Mario Vargas Llosa
Mario Vargas Llosa in Gothenburg Book Fair, Thursday 22 September 2011.
BornJorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa
(1936-03-28) March 28, 1936 (age 83)
Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru
CitizenshipPeru, Spain[1]
Alma materNational University of San Marcos
Complutense University of Madrid
Literary movementLatin American boom
Notable award(s)Miguel de Cervantes Prize
Nobel Prize in Literature
Spouse(s)Julia Urquidi (1955–1964)
Patricia Llosa (1965–present)
ChildrenÁlvaro Vargas Llosa
Gonzalo Vargas Llosa
Morgana Vargas Llosa


He received the Nobel Prize in Literature on December 10, 2010. His book The Dream of the Celt is about the life of Irishman Roger Casement. Though it was published in Spanish 2010, the translation into English is still incomplete.


  1. "Mario Vargas Llosa wins Nobel literature prize". The Seattle Times. In 1990, he ran for the presidency in Peru but lost to Alberto Fujimori. Disheartened by the broad public approval for Fujimori's harsh rule, Vargas Llosa took Spanish citizenship, living in Madrid and London.