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In he was an unsuccessful candidate for president of Peru. He attended a series of schools in Peru before entering a military school, Leoncio Prado, in Lima in ; he later attended the University of San Marcos in Lima. He worked as a journalist and broadcaster and attended the University of Madrid. The Time of the Hero , was widely acclaimed. Translated into more than a dozen languages, this novel, set in the Leoncio Prado, describes adolescents striving for survival in a hostile and violent environment.
The corruption of the military school reflects the larger malaise afflicting Peru. The book was filmed twice, in Spanish and in Russian , the second time as Yaguar. The novel La casa verde ; The Green House , set in the Peruvian jungle, combines mythical, popular, and heroic elements to capture the sordid, tragic, and fragmented reality of its characters. Los jefes ; The Cubs and Other Stories, filmed as The Cubs, is a psychoanalytic portrayal of an adolescent who has been accidentally castrated.
Captain Pantoja and the Special Services, filmed is a satire of the Peruvian military and religious fanaticism. Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. After living three years in London, he was a writer-in-residence at Washington State University in In he settled in Barcelona.
He returned to Lima in and lectured and taught widely throughout the world. A collection of his critical essays in English translation was published in La guerra del fin del mundo ; The War of the End of the World , an account of the 19th-century political conflicts in Brazil , became a best seller in Spanish-speaking countries.
La chunga —were published in Three Plays In Vargas Llosa lost his bid for the presidency of Peru in a runoff against Alberto Fujimori , an agricultural engineer and the son of Japanese immigrants. He became a citizen of Spain in and was awarded the Cervantes Prize the following year.
Despite his new nationality, he continued to write about Peru in such novels as Los cuadernos de don Rigoberto ; The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto. The pamphlet Mi trayectoria intelectual ; My Intellectual Journey contains a speech he gave documenting his drift away from Marxist ideology and toward liberalism.
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