The Challenge Essay

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Warren has a master of fine arts degree in writing from Vermont College and writes young adult fiction. In this essay, Warren explores the narrative voice as it reflects the author's experience and defines the story.

"The Challenge," by Mario Vargas Llosa, contains a strong feel of the emotional undercurrents that were a part of the author's world as a boy and young man. Writers acquire inspiration and material from their environment, from experience and observation. Vargas Llosa, one of the great contemporary South American writers who helped bring South American themes and their writers to the attention of the world, has continuously pulled from the intrigues of his life. As the author says in "Is Fiction the Art of Living," an article written for the New York Times,

"as in everything I've written, I began with experiences still vivid in my memory and stimulating to my imagination...

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