Mario Vargas Llosa: The Writer and His Demons, Lecture II

Lecture Series

Monday, May 1, 2017

5:30PM - 7:00PM

Assembly Hall

Over four lectures, Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa offers a fascinating testimonial about his own creative process. The lecture series will focus on four novels: The Time of the Hero (La ciudad y los perros) (1962), Conversation in the Cathedral (Conversacíon en La Catedral) (1969), The War of the End of the World (La guerra del fin del mundo) (1981), and The Feast of the Goat (La fiesta del Chivo) (2000).

These four novels point to the diversity of themes covered by Vargas Llosa over his career, the different styles and techniques he has employed as a writer, and the social, political, and cultural issues that serve as the primary material for the novels. These works also provide an opportunity to discuss the problems of dictatorship and dictators who have characterized a good part of the history of Latin America, the cultural and ideological relationships between Latin America and Europe, the function of culture in civic and social life, the literary influences of Flaubert, Sartre, Faulkner, and Joyce in Vargas Llosa’s writing, and the participation of intellectuals and writers in Latin American political life.

Join the International House Global Voices Lecture Series in partnership with the University of Chicago Division of the Humanities as we welcome Mario Vargas Llosa for his second lecture in the Berlin Family Lecture Series on Monday, May 1 in the International House Assembly Hall.

Free and open to the public with registration.

The lectures will be recorded and available the Friday following the Monday lecture. Videos will be posted on this page and on the Division of the Humanities youtube channel.

Audience members need not have read the four novels in advance but are encouraged to do so.


Nobel Prize winning author Mario Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, and essayist. A leading writer of his generation and one of Latin' America's most significant novelists and essayists, Vargas Llosa writes across an array of literary genres, including literary criticism and journalism. He has lectured and taught at universities in the United States, South America, and Europe.