Mario Vargas Llosa, who was born on March 28, 1936 in Arequipa, Peru, is a novelist, essayist and playwright.
He published his first novel, Los jefes, in 1959, has taught courses at several universities around the world and also tried his hand at journalism, television and politics. The Peruvian author for many years has written a syndicated column for Spain’s largest newspaper, El Pais, and also has been a regular contributor to the Mexican monthly cultural magazine, Letras Libres.
Vargas Llosa’s vast bibliography includes the works La casa verde, Pantaleón y las visitadoras, Los cuadernos de Don Rigoberto and La fiesta del chivo.
He has won important literary awards such as the 1994 Cervantes Prize and the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature in 1986.