Edelliseen merkintään läheisesti liittyvä lainaus:
”Every writer is firstly a reader and to be a writer is also a different way of continuing to read. I discovered the intimate relationship between reading and writing in those years [puhuu varhaisista vuosistaan] because — and I’m also sure of this — the first things that I wrote, or better, I scribbled, were changes to, or extensions of, the adventures I was reading […] Everything I have invented as a writer has its roots in lived experience. It was something that I saw, heard, but also read, that my memory retained with a singular and mysterious stubborness, that formed certain images which, sooner or later, and for reasons that I also find very difficult to fathom, became a stimulus for fantasy, a starting point for a complete imaginary construction […] Influence is a dangerous word, and, when applied to the writing of literature, it is also a contradictory term. There are influences that stifle orginality and others that allow writers to discover their own voices. In any event, it is very likely that the most fertile literary influences are those that are not very evident to us, that we are not very conscious of.”
Mario Vargas Llosa: Touchstones. Essays on Literature, Art and Politics. Kääntänyt englanniksi John King. (Faber & Faber 2007).