Scott L. Malcomson

  • Vargas Llosa

    “WE HAVE TO USE a language that is absolutely clear, in which words have a crystal clear meaning, in which there is true ideological transparency.” What a strange thing for a writer to say. Those are the words of Mario Vargas Llosa, novelist and now candidate for Peru’s presidency, in the Lima magazine Caretas. What can it be, this “true ideological transparency”?

    In recent years Vargas Llosa has become a neoconservative—or, rather, a neoliberal, as neocons are called everywhere but the U.S. His candidacy has received a great deal of attention, partly because he’s famous, partly because he speaks