Mario Vargas Llosa (PE)

International Authors’ Stage. Peruvian Nobel Prize winner, who has written about resistance, rebellion and abuse of power in South America, publishes new book.

Monday 17 June 2019 at 20:00 The Queen's Hall
Photo: Ximena Garrigues and Sergio Moya
Photo: Ximena Garrigues and Sergio Moya

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Vargas Llosa is considered one of his generation’s most important novelists. In 2010 he received the Nobel Prize in literature. Vargas Llosa may not have as broad an audience as his colleague Garbiel Garzía Márquez, but as an author and opinion maker (liberal, center-right-wing), he still appears as one of South Americas most significant voices. 25 years ago, Mario Vargas Llosa surprisingly lost the presidential election in Peru to Alberto Fujimori.

As early as La Ciudad y Los Perros (1962, Eng. The City and The Hero, 1966) Vargas Llosa began his never-ending criticism of violence in Latin American societies. A theme, which possibly culminated with La Fiesta del Chivo (2000. Eng. The Feast of the Goat, 2001) a depiction of Rafael Trujilos 30 years of dictatorship in The Dominican Republic. All together, the problems in South American societies such as violence, rebellion, terror, corruption are recurring themes in Vargas Llosas literature. 

When he in 2010 received the Nobel Prize, his “mapping of the structure of power, and his concise depictions of individual’s resistance, uprising and defeat” was highlighted in the explanatory statement.

In relation to the authors visit to Denmark publishing house Klim releases The Way to Paradise / El paraíso en la otra esquina, (2003) in a Danish version. The book revolves around woman’s rights activist Flora Tristán and her grandson, the painter Paul Gauguin.