May 19, 2015 Print

Young people sometimes fall prey to the notion that authoritarian governments can solve societal problems, but age and experience often bring with them additional insights about public-sector incentives, institutional corruption, and the endemic failures of central planning. Peruvian Nobel laureate in literature Mario Vargas Llosa elaborates on his own journey from communism to liberty in a new ebook, My Intellectual Journey, released by Atlas Network partner Montreal Economic Institute (MEI).

“This 85-page trilingual booklet features the transcript of a talk delivered on October 16, 2013 in Montreal by Peruvian Nobel Laureate in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa on the occasion of a conference organized by the Montreal Economic Institute,” MEI explained in a press release. “In this talk, Mr. Vargas Llosa explains why, in his youth, he believed in communism, like many intellectuals of his generation, and also how, through his disillusionment and his questioning, he discovered another vision, one of liberty, tolerance, and democracy.”

The book includes text in English, Spanish, and French, and includes photos from throughout Llosa’s life and career as an award-winning intellectual. It also includes a preface by Michel Kelly-Gagnon, MEI president, placing Llosa and his ideas in context.

Watch Mario Vargas Llosa’s original video address from which the book was developed.  


Read “My Intellectual Journey: From Marxism to Liberalism.

Read “The MEI is publishing a speech by author Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 Nobel Laureate in Literature.” 

Read “Most of Latin America Has Adopted Democracy. Will Cuba?

View photos from Mario Vargas Llosa’s speech in the George Lengvari Sr. Lecture Series.