From my main blog:


Mario Vargas Llosa (1936, Perú) was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature in recognition of his remarkable career and body of work as a writer.  The Academy awarded him the Prize “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.”  He has written over 30 novels and began writing plays in the 1980s.  He has recently taken to the stage as an actor in his own dramas.   The 76-year-old has been described as “a promising young actor” by Aitana Sánchez Gijón, one of his costars.


Following is my translation of “Consejos a un joven novelista,” Advice to a young novelist.


  1. Only those who enter into literature as they would enter a religion, willing to dedicate all their time, their energy, their effort to their vocation, will be able to become true writers and write a piece that will…

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