- "Mario Vargas Llosa - Nobel Lecture: In Praise of Reading and Fiction". Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2013. Web. 6 Aug 2013.
- Ebook (same as above link)
- Alan Cheuse contrasts Vargas Llosa's speech against Philip Roth's on why he's hanging up his writing hat.
In praise of reading:
- "[Reading] is the most important thing that ever happened to me."
- "Reading changed dreams into life and life into dreams and placed the universe of literature within reach of the boy I once was."
- "[C]ivilization is now less cruel than when storytellers began to humanize life with their fables."
On writing motivation and models:
- "[T]he first things I wrote were continuations of the stories I read because it made me sad when they concluded or because I wanted to change their endings."
- "Fortunately, the masters were there, teachers to learn from."
- "[H]eroism and the epic are as possible in the present"
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Mario Vargas Llosa on "In Praise of Reading and Fiction"
Mario Vargas Llosa's Nobel prize speech: