Vargas Llosa: 2010 Nobel Laureate

Mario Vargas LlosaA Nobel Prize winner doesn’t come to the UD campus every day. So when Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian author and winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature, agreed to be interviewed, we jumped at the opportunity.

Vargas Llosa is a powerful figure in the world of letters. He is renowned for his insightful fiction, his involvement in political discussion and debate–he even ran for President of Peru in 1990, and for his work as a columnist. He spoke with us about his creative process, the relationship between literature and el mundo real–the real world, and technology’s effect on literature.

Vargas Llosa was generous enough to allow Kelly Flynn, a reporter from The Review, UD’s student newspaper, to ask a question during the interview as well.

The interview is conducted partly in English and partly in Spanish. Guillermina Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Delaware Arts Alliance, joined us for the Spanish portion of the interview, and translated the Spanish portion into English for Campus Voices. She aired a Spanish language version of the interview on WVUD’s Latinisimo program on November 20.

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Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian author and 2010 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature
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Photographs courtesy of Guillermina Gonzalez.