Mario Vargas Llosa

Mario Vargas Llosa
"The Writer and His Demons" 

Over four lectures, Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa offers a fascinating account of his own creative process. The lecture series will focus on four novels: The Time of the Hero (La ciudad y los perros) (1962), Conversation in the Cathedral (Conversacíon en La Catedral) (1969), The War of the End of the World (La guerra del fin del mundo) (1981), and The Feast of the Goat (La fiesta del Chivo) (2000). 

These four novels point to the diversity of themes covered by Vargas Llosa over his career, the different styles and techniques he has employed as a writer, and the social, political, and cultural issues that serve as the primary material for the novels. These works also provide an opportunity to discuss the problems of dictatorship and dictators who have characterized a good part of the history of Latin America, the cultural and ideological relationships between Latin America and Europe, the function of culture in civic and social life, the literary influences of Flaubert, Sartre, Faulkner, and Joyce in Vargas Llosa’s writing, and the participation of intellectuals and writers in Latin American political life.

Lecture One

Monday, April 24, 2017
5:30 P.M.
Assembly Hall, International House (map)

Lecture Two

Monday, May 1, 2017
5:30 P.M.
Assembly Hall, International House (map)

Lecture Three

Monday, May 8, 2017
5:30 P.M.
Assembly Hall, International House (map)

Lecture Four

Monday, May 15, 2017
5:30 P.M.
Assembly Hall, International House (map)

For Attendees

  • All lectures are free and open to the public.
  • The lectures will be recorded and available the Friday following the Monday lecture. Videos will be posted on this page and on the Division of the Humanities Youtube channel.
  • All four lectures will take place at Assembly Hall at International House in Hyde Park.
  • Audience members need not have read the four novels in advance but are encouraged to do so.
  • RSVP is highly recommended.

About Mario Vargas Llosa

Nobel Prize winning author Mario Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, and essayist. A leading writer of his generation and one of Latin America's most significant novelists and essayists, Vargas Llosa writes across an array of literary genres, including literary criticism and journalism. He has lectured and taught at universities in the United States, South America, and Europe.

Mario Vargas Llosa

Vargas Llosa is the author of more than 30 works of nonfiction, plays, and novels, including: The Time of the Hero (La ciudad y los perros), The Green House (La casa verde), Conversation in the Cathedral (Conversación en la cathedral), and The War of the End of the World (La guerra del fin del mundo). In 1995, he was awarded the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious and remunerative award given for Spanish-language literature. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 and in the same year received the Degree of Letters from the City College of New York, where he also delivered the President's Lecture. His works have been translated into more than 45 languages. 

In 1976 Vargas Llosa was elected President of PEN International, the worldwide association of writers and oldest human rights organization, and in 1977 he was elected as a member of the Peruvian Academy of Language. Vargas Llosa has been politically active throughout his career, running for the Peruvian presidency in 1990. In 2011, Vargas Llosa was raised into the Spanish nobility by King Juan Carlos I with the hereditary title of Marqués de Vargas Llosa. In 2012 he was named one of the “10 Most Influential Ibero American Intellectuals” of the year by Foreign Policy magazine, and received the Carlos Fuentes International Prize for Literary Creation in the Spanish Language.