Mario Vargas Llosa Interview: Images vs Ideas


“We must be worried about what is happening in contemporary culture,” says Peruvian Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa (b.1936) in this short video addressing the media revolution. “If images replace ideas – represented by books in society – the powers of this world will very easy be able to manipulate society, even destroying institutions that preserve freedom and human rights”.

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
Edited by Klaus Elmer
Produced by Christian Lund
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2020

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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