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Vargas Llosa, Mario

JOHN H. CAMERON

Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


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Mario Vargos Llosa (b. 1936) is a Peruvian writer, professor, journalist, essayist, satirist, and the recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. A key figure in the Latin American Boom, Vargos Llosa's work, while grounded in Peruvian history and politics, is also playful and postmodernist in style and design. Born in Arequipa, Vargos Llosa was sent to the Leoncio Prado Military Academy; there he began working as a journalist for newspapers such as La Industria and writing dramas such as La huida del Inca. While studying law at National University of San Marcos in 1953, Vargos Llosa worked for El Mercurio Peruano and El Comercio , and by 1958 his short stories ( Los jefes ) were published to acclaim. Vargos Llosa then moved to Spain to study at the Complutense University of Madrid. In 1960, Vargos Llosa moved to Paris and began to write in earnest. Literary success soon came to Vargos Llosa with the 1963 publication of La ciudad y los perros , a satire of his early days at the Leoncio Prado Military Academy that utilized multiple perspectives and a nonlinear narrative. Centering on the murder of a cadet for informing on his fellow cadets, the novel explores the rationale behind the killing, the rationalizations offered by the academy leaders, and the ways that the academy itself prepares the young men in its charge for a hierarchical system based on secrecy and corruption. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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