Peruvian writer and man-of-the-world Mario Vargas Llosa drew an international crowd to Emory during his visit as the ninth Richard A. Ellmann Lecturer in Modern Literature, April 2–4. Speaking on masters of the Hispanic literary tradition, Vargas Llosa educated his audience with three lectures before concluding his appearance with a reading of his own work. Vargas Llosa, one of the best-known writers of the Latin American world, used Cervantes, Borges and Ortega y Gasset as departure points for ruminations on his art: “Why [would we need fiction] if the truths of existence were sufficient?”
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Vargas Llosa draws crowd from around the world
“Y ahora voy a leer estas páginas en Español,” said Mario Vargas Llosa, and fully half of the crowd of several hundred gathered on a brisk April night in Glenn Auditorium—located in Atlanta, Ga., USA—burst into applause.
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