Literature and human destiny

In praise of reading and fiction



Literature is a false representation of life that nevertheless helps us to understand life better,

to orient ourselves in the labyrinth where we are born, pass by, and die.

It compensates for the reverses and frustrations real life inflicts on us,

and because of it we can decipher, at least partially,

the hieroglyphic that existence tends to be for the great majority of human beings,

principally those of us who generate more doubts than certainties and confess our perplexity before subjects like

transcendence, individual and collective destiny,

the soul, the sense or senselessness of history, the to and fro of rational knowledge.

Mario Vargas Llosa

In praise of reading and fiction



Nobel Lecture

December 7, 2010



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after December 7, 2010, 5:30 p.m. (Swedish time).

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