"Today Ukraine wants to create a new vision of Europe. The intellectuals of the world as a whole look to the future with skepticism and pessimism, but all intellectuals today identify themselves with Ukraine," the writer said at a meeting in Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Censor.NET reports citing Dzerkalo Tyzhnia.
"What happened in your country mobilizes all democratic forces in the world to fight against the spirit of the dictatorship, which still exists," he added.
Llosa said that literature in Latin America has always been a form of protest, resistance to authoritarianism and totalitarianism. "A society that lives an active life and reads has a rich literature, and subsequently it is more prepared to resist manipulation," the writer said. He began the lecture with expressing the idea that "literature with the help of imagination enables you to travel in space and time."
The writer admitted that he likes "the humor of life itself." In his day he was influenced by Jean-Paul Sartre (a cult writer and philosopher in Latin America), who described the reality where there was no laughter. Vargas Llosa did not give any advice to his readers and Ukrainian youth who came to the meeting. "Young people don't like advice," Peruvian joked, "My only recommendation is - read good books."
Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize in 2010 "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat is one of Latin America's most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading writers of his generation. Some critics consider him to have had a larger international impact and worldwide audience than any other writer of the Latin American Boom, which brought us Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Márquez, and Carlos Fuentes.