"Information in this country has ceased to be objective and has become pure fantasy – in newspapers, radio, television, and ordinary conversation. "To report" among us now means either to interpret reality according to our desires or fears, or to say simply what is convenient. It’s an attempt to make up for our ignorance of what’s going on – which in our heart of hearts we understand is irremediable and definitive. Since it is impossible to know what’s really happening, we Peruvians lie, invent, dream, and take refuge in illusion. Because of these strange circumstances, Peruvian life, a life in which so few actually do read, has become literary."
From The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta by Mario Vargas Llosa
Mr. Vargas Llosa has won the Nobel Prize for literature. From The New York Times:
Mr. Vargas Llosa said that it was the novelist’s obligation to question real life. "I don’t think there is a great fiction that is not an essential contradiction of the world as it is," he said. "The Inquisition forbade the novel for 300 years in Latin America. I think they understood very well the seditious consequence that fiction can have on the human spirit.’"
Vargas Llosa Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature, The New York Times>>