Nov. 13, 14: Mario Vargas Llosa

Nobel Laureate in Literature to speak as part of visiting writers series


(Editor's note: The Nov. 13-14 visit by Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa has been canceled. The visit is expected to be rescheduled in the future.)

1:27 p.m., Oct. 24, 2012--The University of Delaware community will welcome Peruvian writer and Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa on Nov. 13 and 14. 

The visit, which will include a public lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 13, and readings in both English and Spanish on Wednesday, Nov. 14, marks the second visit by a Nobel Laureate in Literature this year.

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In May, French writer and 2008 Laureate Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio spoke on campus as part of a new visiting writers series, entitled Transnational Encounters: World-Renowned Authors at the University of Delaware

The project, made possible through a $50,000 grant from the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, aims to engage the UD community and general public with renowned writers whose works showcase rich cultural diversity. 

Vargas Llosa was awarded the 2010 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt and defeat.”

One of the world’s most celebrated writers, Vargas Llosa has written more than 30 works of nonfiction that examine power and corruption in Latin America, including The Feast of the Goat and The War of the End of the World.

He will deliver a keynote address in English in Clayton Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. 

He will also be on campus Wednesday, Nov. 14, and will conduct readings of his works in Spanish (11 a.m.) and English (2:30 p.m.) in the Trabant University Center Theatre. 

The events are organized and hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, with additional sponsorship from the Center for Global and Area Studies, Institute for Global Studies, English Language Institute and departments of History and Political Science and International Relations.

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