Mario Vargas Llosa is the most important writer writing in Spanish. He was born in Perú but he lives in Spain. He is considered one of the last best writers alive. He is a legend. Indeed, he has won all the Literary prizes one writer can win.
He is widely read in the whole world, even in China where he is known as Llosa. However, his books are no longer allowed there after an article he published the other day in the Spanish newspaper El País. The strange thing is that the article was not really about China. He was talking about coronavirus, death, humans and plagues.
He was explaining briefly something we all know. A Chinese doctor denounced something horrible was happening in China as a new virus was infecting plenty of people, he denounced the situation and he called on authorities to act quickly. Notwithstanding his pleads, Chinese authorities silenced him and obliged him to retract his words in a public statement otherwise he would go to prison. Now, coronavirus is a pandemic and this doctor has died fighting coronavirus in China.
Mario Vargas Llosa only talked about China superficially giving his opinion about the regime but Chinese are really, really angry at him and now all the books of Mario Vargas Llosa are banned in China. But perhaps doing this China is giving value to the opinion of Mario Vargas Llosa he conveyed in his now polemic article.
Something that has annoyed Chinese authorities is that Mario Vargas Llosa calls coronavirus “A virus that comes from China”. Likewise, Vargas Llosa says that as China is a dictatorship they silenced the doctors who were worried and who could have developed easily a vaccine when the virus was new and weak. What is more, he says coronavirus has happened because China is not a democracy. What do you think???
Is Mario Vargas Llosa right to criticize China??
Is China right to ban the books of Mario Vargas Llosa??
Is coronavirus the fault of China??
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One that I disagree with him is saying coronavirus came from China implying it was China’s doing. I don’t like it people saying it is a Chinese virus or disease.
The part I agree is the Chinese government tried to silence the doctor who revealed it only to acknowledge later.
Thanks a lot for your comment.
We do not know and will never know the truth. It’s too late for the charges. It is time for quick and rigorous measures to limit it.
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Everyone has the right to do what he thinks is right for his own interest. China to ban, and others to accuse. The truth is in the middle. I don’t think it’s China’s fault for the virus
Thanks a lot for your opinion and your comment.
China bans everything it doesn’t fall in line with its way of thinking, Very narrow and dictatorial in its approach. This is China’s contribution to the world the Wuhan virus.
If China had told the world immediately about this paramedic ( then an epidemic only) we could have been so much more alert and contained it better.
Yes, this is what many claim. If you fight the virus when is weak and new you can develop a vaccine soon and kill it easily. But as things were silenced time was wasted, the virus got stronger and now we have a serious crisis. This writer, Mario Vargas Llosa, says this has happened because China is a dictatorship. Thanks a lot for your comment.
He had every right to say what he said and it was wrong to ban his books in China.
Yes, you are right. He was giving his opinion, doing his job, banning his books is too much. Thanks a lot for your comment.
China is noted for banning anything at the drop of a hat so to say
I like your expression “At the drop of a hat”. Thanks a lot for your comment. It should not be like that
This is a very sensitive topic lately, at least for some countries. We have the saying that the truth hurts.
Yes, you are right. Truth hurts, truth does hurt a lot. Thanks a lot for your comment.
Censorship in some countries is really extreme. I agree with Doc.
I was really surprised by this. His article was not so harsh
I believe this should be called the Chinese virus.
Chinese authorities are so annoyed that they take it as an insult. Thanks a lot.
Good article. Thanks for sharing
I am very happy to know you like the article. Thanks a lot.
so yes China has every right to ban his books.
He, of course, has every right to speak about China.
There are no guarantees in this world.
Thanks a lot for your comment. Chinese authorities are really annoyed because of the Coronavirus whole issue.
they are being publically blamed for something. I don’t blame them for being frustrated. This smacks of something they will regret later.
Reality hurts. They are really annoyed. But China has just announced today that there were zero infections yesterday in Wuhan so things are back to normal there little by little. This is the target of Spain. I do not really know why Spain is so infected, in Madrid, they are suffering a lot. My village frightens, for instance, police cars are everywhere and the streets ampty. China says they have a vaccine ready to be tested but this can be propaganda
Spain got caught up in the Itlay swirl.
Yes, Italy and Spain are countries that are very close. Our languages are similar, our food and weather are similar too even our culture. Many people live in Italy and come to Spain for the weekends. Italy is in a worse scenario than Spain right now. If you remember I was writing for an Italian series, the series has stopped broadcasting new chapters.
i am sorry to hear they stopped I really enjoyed the videos!