Continental shifts

The many lives of Mario Vargas Llosa

In March 2017 Mario Vargas Llosa travelled from his home in Madrid, Spain, to Arequipa, Peru, where he was born. After celebrating his eighty-first birthday in the city of his birth, Vargas Llosa returned to Madrid, then left for Chicago to give four hour-long lectures, delivered in English, without notes, on the gestation of his major novels. He flew to Buenos Aires for a book fair, then travelled to Paris for an onstage interview in French before more than a thousand people at the Collège de France. The occasion of his visit to France was the publication of his complete works in La Pléiade, the compact leather-bound editions that certify a classic of world literature. Later in 2017, Vargas Llosa launched a book of essays based on lectures given at Princeton University; travelled to Chile to support the conservative candidate in its presidential election, even while he harangued Chilean conservatives for their “cave-dweller” attitudes to women...