Nobel Prize for Literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa said on Wednesday, December 28, 2010 upon receiving an honorary degree from Universidad Accion Pro Educacion y Cultural (UNSPEC), that the Dominican Republic has become an example for Latin America after the fall of dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo in 1960. “I have seen how this society has been transformed, how it has opened to the world and above all how freedom has gotten a hold of Dominican life, both in the political as well as the economic aspect. It is one of the most stimulating experiences, the happiest, most encouraging in the region,” he said.
Vargas Llosa said that the Dominican Republic could boast the luxury of showing achievements in democracy. He said that Dominicans had suffered through one of the most ferocious dictatorships in Latin America.
He said that while there are no causes for complacency, because there are serious problems and the same inequalities as other Latin American countries, but it is an undeniable fact that there have been enormous advances and this is an example for Latin America.
He received the honor for his achievements in literature, freedom and human rights. During his address he gave thanks and spoke of his ties with the country after the experience of researching and writing his book, The Feast of the Goat book on the dictator.