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Literature counters social ills, says Nobel laureate

Literature counters social ills, says Nobel laureate

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NOBEL PRIZE in Literature awardee Mario Vargas Llosa expressed his confidence in the power of literature to denounce dictatorships and other social ills in his lecture as an honorary professor of the University of Santo Tomas. “It (literature) does not only express one’s conviction, but [it] also [expresses] his feeling and his passion […] It is also in this matter [that] literature best contributes to progress,” Vargas Llosa said in Spanish during his lecture held today at the Dr. Robert C. Sy Grand Ballroom of the Buenaventura G. Paredes O.P. Building. Vargas Llosa grew up in political turmoil in Peru, which allowed him to realize the subversive powers of literature. “The subversive role of literature is not felt as simply as the higher level of entertainment that reaches ou...