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The Marquess of Vargas Llosa

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Mario Vargas Llosa in Madrid, 2012

Marquess of Vargas Llosa

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Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa
March 28, 1936 Arequipa, Arequipa, Peru


Peru, Spain


  • Julia Urquidi ( m.  1955; div.  1964)
  • Patricia Llosa ( m.  1965; sep.  2015)

Domestic partner

Isabel Preysler


3, including Álvaro Vargas Llosa

Alma mater

  • National University of San Marcos
  • Complutense University of Madrid


Miguel de Cervantes Prize1994 Nobel Prize in Literature2010



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Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa, 1st Marquess of Vargas Llosa , more commonly known as Mario Vargas Llosa , is a Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, essayist and college professor. Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America's most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading writers of his generation. Some critics consider him to have had a larger international impact and worldwide audience than any other writer of the Latin American Boom. In 2010 he won the Nobel Prize in Literature, "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat."

Vargas Llosa rose to fame in the 1960s with novels such as The Time of the Hero , The Green House , and the monumental Conversation in the Cathedral . He writes prolifically across an array of literary genres, including literary criticism and journalism. His novels include comedies, murder mysteries, historical novels, and political thrillers. Several, such as Captain Pantoja and the Special Service and Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter , have been adapted as feature films.

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