Vargas Llosa’s Nobel Address

“We would be worse than we are without the good books we have read, more conformist, not as restless, more submissive, and the critical spirit, the engine of progress, would not even exist,” he argued. “Like writing, reading is a protest against the insufficiencies of life. When we look in fiction for what is missing in life, we are saying, with no need to say it or even to know it, that life as it is does not satisfy our thirst for the absolute – the foundation of the human condition – and should be better.”

(From The Guardian via Bookslut)

You can read the entire lecture, translated from the original Spanish by Edith Grossman, here.

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One Comment on “Vargas Llosa’s Nobel Address”

  1. Lisa Lavoie Says:

    This should be mounted on one of our Library walls for celebration and posterity!


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