In Praise of Reading and Fiction

Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature last December, and this slim, handsome volume, translated by Edith Grossman, brings his Nobel Lecture to a wider audience. It is an eloquent and wise defence of imaginative literature and the liberties of every kind it fosters.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…