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Mario Vargas Llosa

an Exhibition

November 1, 2012 – November 30, 2012

curated by
Megan Gaffney

Mario Vargas Llosa

Mario Vargas Llosa was born in 1936 in Arequipa, Peru. His diverse body of work includes more than thirty novels, plays, literary criticism, political essays, and other works of non–fiction. In addition, Vargas Llosa has written a column in the Spanish newspaper El País since 1990. He earned a doctorate from the University of Madrid in 1959 and has served as a visiting professor at universities around the world.

Vargas Llosa was a key figure in the Latin American Boom literary movement. He published his first novel, La ciudad y los perros, in 1960. Other works include La casa verde (1966); Conversación en la catedral (1969); La tía Julia y el escribidor (1977); autobiography El pez en el agua: memorias (1993); La fiesta del chivo (2000); and his most recent novel, El sueño del celta (2010).

Latin American society and politics are central themes in Vargas Llosa’s works. Vargas Llosa was a candidate in the 1990 Peruvian presidential election. He lost to Alberto Fujimori, whose ten–year presidency continues to be a controversial topic worldwide. Vargas Llosa, a resident of Madrid, maintains a strong interest in global politics and culture, which are frequent themes in his column for El País.

Mario Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010. The Swedish Academy praised Vargas Llosa as “a master of dialogue who has been searching for the elusive concept known as the total novel, and who believes in the power of fiction to improve the world.”

  1. Travesuras de la niña mala. Madrid: Alfaguara, 2006.
  2. In Praise of Reading and Fiction. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
  3. El Paraíso en la otra esquina. Bogotá: Alfaguara, 2003.
  4. La fiesta del chivo. Madrid: Alfaguara, 2000.
  5. ¿Quién mató a Palomino Molero? Barcelona: Seix Barral, 1986.
  6. Mario Vargas Llosa: Cartas a un joven novelista. Barcelona: Planeta, 1997.

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