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Today is March 28th, 2016. Today is the day of my first post in this blog.
Today is also the 80th birthday of Mr. Mario Vargas Llosa, Spanish-Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, essayist, college Professor, and recipient of the 2010 Nobel Award in Literature. He is one of the leading writers of his generation, and, he is also one of my favorites.
Despite of being a recognized writer, has been politically active during his career, moving from the left side towards the liberalism, and after a deep disenchantment of the left policies in Latin America, Vargas Llosa came to believe that Cuban regime was incompatible with what he considered to be the normal freedoms. During his fight for freedom he even lost his Peruvian nationality, which was withdrawn by the President Fujimori, one of his most public and inflamed enemies. He got the Spanish nationality then and much more honors.
The natural response of the left wing during all these years is the permanent suspicion against Vargas Llosa and ignore his great literary work. Well, he is a brilliant writer, novelist and superb political thinker, who speaks out loud about the Freedom. Personally I admire and love both!