Novelist Vargas Llosa to deliver lecture
Posted April 18, 2008; 09:48 a.m.
Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most influential Latin American writers and a onetime candidate for the Peruvian presidency, will deliver a lecture titled "Onetti and the Shadows of Faulkner and Borges" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in McCosh 50.
The lecture will consider the work of Uruguayan novelist Juan Carlos Onetti -- a 1980 winner of the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious award for Spanish-language literature -- and its relationship to the writing of William Faulkner and Jorge Luis Borges.
Vargas Llosa first attracted international attention with "The Time of the Hero" (published in English in 1966), "The Green House" (1968) and his monumental novel "Conversation in the Cathedral" (1969). All three established Vargas Llosa's reputation as an outspoken social critic. His interest in political life culminated in an unsuccessful run for the Peruvian presidency in 1990.
Vargas Llosa's novels, short stories and essays have been translated into many languages, and he has received numerous literary awards, including the 1994 Cervantes Prize.
The talk, designated as a Spencer Trask Lecture, is the final event in this year's University Public Lectures Series.