Mario Vargas Llosa

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  • Roberto Rodriguez-Saona (University of Leeds)

Mario Vargas Llosa, the best known living Peruvian author, was born in 1936 in Arequipa, the second most important city in Peru. His parents separated just before he was born and when he was two years old he went to live in Cochabamba in Bolivia with his maternal grandparents, where his grandfather had been posted as an honorary consul. Later he returned to Peru and lived in Piura in the north of the country. His experiences in this city would feature later in some of his works. His parents' reconciliation a few years later meant that all the family went to live in Lima, the capital of Peru, and it was only then that he met his father Ernesto Vargas Maldonado for the first time. Mario Vargas Llosa's father was an officer in the navy and …

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Rodriguez-Saona, Roberto. "Mario Vargas Llosa". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 January 2010
[, accessed 26 November 2015.]

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