Mario Varghas Llosa, Peru's most distinguished writer, had written a doctoral thesis on Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But his own novels made him an international literary figure. He began as a student communist and staunchly defended Fidel Castro's Cuban revolution.
He encountered his old friend Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who never abandoned Castro, one evening at a theater in Mexico city. They got into an argument and Varghas Llosa ended up knocking out Marquez. Which is something that one hardly ever gets to do with the subject of one's doctoral dissertation.
This is an extract from a few paragraphs in the book "The Commanding Heights", by Daniel Yergin and Joseph Stanislaw. A translation in Tamil will follow shortly, as a separate blog post.
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