Thursday, February 7, 2013

Quote of the Day (Mario Vargas Llosa, on the ‘Life of Fantasy’ Vs. Dictators)

“Whether they want it or not, know it or not, when they invent stories the writers of tales propagate dissatisfaction, demonstrating that the world is badly made and the life of fantasy richer than the life of our daily routine. This fact, if it takes root in their sensibility and consciousness, makes citizens more difficult to manipulate, less willing to accept the lies of the interrogators and jailers who would like to make them believe that behind bars they lead more secure and better lives.”—Peruvian-Spanish novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 Nobel laureate for Literature, “In Praise of Reading and Fiction” lecture, delivered in Stockholm, December 7, 2010

(Photo of Llosa taken April 10, 2005, by Manuel Gonzalez Olaechea y Franco)

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