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Vargas Llosa: Technology Is Killing The Very Idea Of Culture

Just before last week's death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, El Espectador spoke with arguably the only other Latin American author in his league, 2010 Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa.

Vargas Llosa in 2011
Vargas Llosa in 2011
Nelson Fredy Padilla Castro

LIMA —It is no small feat to manage to interview Mario Vargas Llosa. I was put on a waiting list in 2009 when I first contacted his assistant Fiorella Battistini, saying I wanted to discuss the importance of theater in his novels. He seemed to become even less accessible after 2010 when he won the Nobel Prize for literature. "I am asked for so many interviews I'd have to devote my entire life to them," he says.

But I'd finally scored the prized opportunity to speak with the 78-year-old, with the interview taking place on April 11 as Vargas Llosa was preparing to head the Peruvian delegation to the Bogotá Book Fair later this month.

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