Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mario Vargas Llosa's Nobel Speech. . .

You can now read the 2010 Nobel lecture by Mario Vargas Llosa, entitled In Praise of Reading and Fiction here. Here's a snippet:

From the cave to the skyscraper, from the club to weapons of mass destruction, from the tautological life of the tribe to the era of globalization, the fictions of literature have multiplied human experiences, preventing us from succumbing to lethargy, self-absorption, resignation. Nothing has sown so much disquiet, so disturbed our imagination and our desires as the life of lies we add, thanks to literature, to the one we have, so we can be protagonists in the great adventures, the great passions real life will never give us.

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