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An Evening with Mario Vargas Llosa and John King

Americas Society

November 7, 2013


(Photo by Sergio Urday)

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In this much anticipated event, 2010 Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and renowned critic John King discussed a range of topics relating to literature, journalism, and culture, highlighting Vargas Llosa’s own body of work in various genres. Review 87 guest editors Eugenio Chang-Rodríguez and Raquel Chang-Rodríguez introduced the speakers. Varga’s Llosa’s latest novels are The Dream of the Celt and El héroe discreto. King is co-editor, with Efraín Kristal, of The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa, among other publications. This program is the centerpiece of the core Literature programming for Fall 2013, namely Mario Vargas Llosa’s legacy and Andean writing today. Review 87, a special issue developed in conjunction with this program season, will be launched on November 15 at Americas Society. This program was held in English. A book signing followed in collaboration with La Casa Azul Bookstore. Copies of Review 87 (Mario Vargas Llosa's Legacy/Andean Fiction & Arts Today) were available for sale.

With the additional collaboration of Columbia University; the Consulate General of Peru in New York; the Hispanic New York Project; Hunter College, CUNY; Instituto Cervantes; InterAmericas®; The International Literary Quarterly; McNally Jackson Books; and New York University.

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Mario Vargas Llosa, born in Peru in 1936, is a renowned novelist who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010. He has also been awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s most distinguished literary honor; the Jerusalem Prize; and, most recently, the Carlos Fuentes Prize, among numerous other accolades. Beginning his career as one of the chief exponents of the Latin American literary boom, along with writers such as José Donoso, Carlos Fuentes, and Gabriel García Márquez, Vargas Llosa is the author of many novels including La ciudad y los perros (1963; The Time of the Hero, 1966), La casa verde (1966; The Green House, 1968), Conversación en la Catedral (1969; Conversation in the Cathedral, 1975), La tía Julia y el escribidor (1977; Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, 1982), La guerra del fin del mundo (1981; The War of the End of the World, 1984), La fiesta del chivo (2000; The Feast of the Goat, 2002), Travesuras de la nina mala (2006; The Bad Girl, 2007), and The Dream of the Celt (2012). On September 12, Alfaguara will release Mr. Vargas Llosa’s new novel, El héroe discreto. Vargas Llosa is also the author of plays such as La Señorita de Tacna (1981), collections of essays including Piedra de toca 1962-2012, and art criticism (La civilización del espectáculo, 2012). Americas Society’s journal Review has covered the author’s writing since its first issue, published in 1968. Review 87 (Mario Vargas Llosa’s Legacy/Contemporary Andean Fiction and Arts Today, Fall 2013), to be launched on November 15, includes essays on Vargas Llosa’s oeuvre to date as well as a conversation between the Nobel Laureate and translator Edith Grossman that took place at Americas Society in November 2012.
John King is professor of Latin American cultural history at the University of Warwick, England. He is co-editor, with Efraín Kristal, of The Cambridge Companion to Mario Vargas Llosa (2011), and he has edited and translated several volumes of Vargas Llosa's essays, including Making Waves (1996) and Touchstones (2007). He is currently working on the translation of Vargas Llosa's most recently published essay, La civilización del espectáculo. The fall issue of Review 87 (Mario Vargas Llosa's Legacy/Contemporary Andean Fiction & Arts), King contributes an essay on Vargas Llosa’s journalistic work entitled, “Mario Vargas Llosa: The Ocean. Piedra de Toque 1962-2012.”
Eugenio Chang-Rodríguez is professor emeritus at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Latin America. He is a full member of the North American and Peruvian Academies of the Spanish Language. His recent books include Pensamiento y acción en González Prada, Mariátegui y Haya de la Torre (2012); Entre dos fuegos. Reminiscencias de Europa y Asia (2009); and Latinoamérica: su civilización y su cultura (4th ed., 2008).

Raquel Chang-Rodríguez is distinguished professor of Spanish-American literature and culture at The Graduate Center and The City College of the City University of New York (CUNY). A specialist in colonial studies, she has also contributed essays on contemporary writers José María Arguedas, Antonio Benítez Rojo, and Luis Rafael Sánchez. Her most recent book is Cartografía garcilasista (2013).