Thu 13 Nov 2008
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Mario Vargas Llosa is the 2008 recipient of The Harold and Ethel L. Stellfox Visiting Scholars and Writers Program award
“We’d best be what we are. The one who gives up fulfilling his own obligation so as to fulfill that of another will lose his soul.”
Passage from Mario Vargas Llosa’s
The Storyteller, 1987
4 p.m. Free admission
An Evening with Mario
Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) auditorium
7 p.m. Free admission
Rubendall Recital Hall,
Weiss Center for the Arts
Noon. Free admission
Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa, a Peruvian novelist, playwright, essayist, journalist and literary critic, is the 2008 recipient of The Harold and Ethel L. Stellfox Visiting Scholars and Writers Program award. Vargas Llosa is one of Spanish America’s most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading authors of his generation. Some critics consider him to have had a larger international impact and worldwide audience than any other writer of the Spanish American Boom.
Vargas Llosa rose to fame in the 1960s with novels such as The Time of the Hero (1963), The Green House (1965), and the monumental Conversation in the Cathedral (1969). He continues to write prolifically across an array of literary genres, including literary criticism and journalism. His novels include comedies, murder mysteries, historical novels, and political thrillers. Several, such as Captain Pantoja and the Special Service (1973/1978) and Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (1977), have been adapted as feature films.
Like many Spanish American authors, Vargas Llosa has been politically active throughout his career; over the course of his life, he has gradually moved from the political left towards the right. While he initially supported the Cuban revolutionary government of Fidel Castro, Vargas Llosa later became disenchanted. He ran for the Peruvian presidency in 1990 with the center-right Frente Democrático (FREDEMO) coalition, advocating neoliberal reforms.
Bio sketch taken from Wikipedia