Mr García Márquez has a house in Cuba, is a friend of Fidel Castro and espouses a Latin American nationalism. Such causes are anathemas to Mr Vargas Llosa. He abhors Mr Castro and Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, as he does Chile’s General Pinochet (“a killer and a thief”) and Alberto Fujimori, Peru’s corrupt conservative ex-strongman. His liberalism is universal, inspired by such thinkers as Karl Popper and Isaiah Berlin. He hates nationalism, seeing it as a tool of demagogues; similarly he has criticised Bolivia’s Evo Morales, who claims to be leading a revolution on behalf of his country’s indigenous peoples, for turning race into a collectivist political tool (Mr Morales, along with Cuba’s government, was among the few to criticise the award).
Sexta-feira, Outubro 22, 2010
A Latin American liberal
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