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Sunday April 2, 2017

Good literature erects bridges between different peoples, and by having us enjoy, suffer, or feel surprise, unites us beneath the languages, beliefs, habits, customs, and prejudices that separate us. When the great white whale buries Captain Ahab in the sea, the hearts of readers take fright in exactly the same way in Tokyo, Lima, or Timbuctu.

—Mario Vargas Llosa
  Peruvian writer (b. 1936)

Source:Nobel prize speech, 2010

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