Mario Vargas Llosa Interview: Advice to the Young



“The only counsel that is acceptable is to work! To work very hard!” Peruvian Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa (b.1936) is considered one of the literary titans of the Spanish-speaking world. In this short video, he stresses how important it is for young writers to discover on their own the kind of writer they want to be.

Mario Vargas Llosa (b. 1936) is a Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, essayist and college professor. Many critics consider Vargas Llosa to have had a more considerable global impact than any other writer of the so-called Latin American Boom of the 1960s and 1970s, and his commitment to social change is evident in his novels, plays and essays. Vargas Llosa rose to international fame with novels such as ‘The Time of the Hero’ (La ciudad y los perros) 1963/1966, ‘The Green House’ (La casa verde) 1965/1968, and ‘Conversations in the Cathedral’ (Conversación en la cathedral) 1969/1975. Among his recent novels are ‘The Feast of the Goat’(La fiesta del chivo) 2000/2005, ‘The Bad Girl’ (Traversuras de la niña mala) 2006/2007, and ‘The Neighbourhood’ (Cinco Esquinas) 2016/2018. Vargas Llosa is the recipient several prestigious awards including the Prince of Asturias Award (1986), Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1993), and the Nobel Prize in Literature (2010) “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.” Moreover, Vargas Llosa has been politically active throughout his career and even ran for president of Peru in 1990.

Mario Vargas Llosa was interviewed by Christian Lund at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in June 2019.

Camera: Simon Weyhe

Produced by Christian Lund

Edited by Klaus Elmer

Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2019

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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