Celebration of Mario Vargas Llosa

  • Literature
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Mon, April 11, 2016
  • 2:00 pm
Celebration of Mario Vargas Llosa

A Library of Congress celebration of the life and work of Peruvian-Spanish author Mario Vargas Llosa on the occasion of the conferral of The Library of Congress Living Legend Award.

The 2010 Nobel Prize in literature was awarded to Peruvian-Spanish author Mario Vargas Llosa for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt and defeat.

During his long career, Vargas Llosa has written more than a dozen novels and many other books and stories. For decades, he has been a voice for Latin American literature. His numerous awards include the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the most important award in Latin American literature, given to authors whose work has contributed to enrich, in a notable way, the literary patrimony of the Spanish language.

The Library of Congress will host a half-day simposium followed by a Living Legend Award ceremony and presentation featuring Mario Vargas Llosa in conversation with Marie Arana.

Panel I. 2–3:30 pm

  • The Reach of Mario Vargas Llosa’s Literary Legacy – The Scholars Speak
  • Rubén Gallo, Princeton University; Edith Grossman, translator of Mario Vargas Llosa’s works; Efraín Kristal, University of California at Los Angeles; Julio Ortega, Brown University
  • Moderator: Gwen Kirkpatrick, Georgetown University

Panel II. 3:45–5:15 pm

  • The Power of Mario Vargas Llosa’s Imagination – The Novelists Speak
  • Alonso Cueto, The Blue Hour, The White Tiger, Grandes Miradas
  • Álvaro Enrigue, Sudden Death, Death of an Installation Artist, Hypothermia
  • Thomas Mallon (USA), Finale, Watergate, Henry and Clara, Bandbox
  • Jane Smiley (USA), A Thousand Acres, Moo, Private Life, Horse Heaven, Some Luck
  • Moderator, Charlotte Rogers, University of Virginia

Award ceremony and presentation at 6:30 pm.

  • Mario Vargas Llosa, in conversation with Marie Arana


Venue map

Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540


Free and open to the public, RSVP by emailing [email protected] or by calling (202) 707-1616.

More information

Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress


Organized by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress. Photo: Mario Vargas Llosa collection, Library of Congress.



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