Faculty Book: Raquel Chang-Rodríguez and Carlos Riobó

Raquel Chang-Rodríguez and Carlos Riobó (Editors)
Talking Books with Mario Vargas Llosa
(Nebraska Press, 2020)

image of book: Talking Books with Mario Vargas LlosaThe essays included in Talking Books with Mario Vargas Llosa celebrate Mario Vargas Llosa’s visits to The City College of New York, the creation of the Cátedra Vargas Llosa in his honor, and the interests of the Peruvian author in reading and books. This volume contains previously unpublished material by Vargas Llosa himself, as well as by novelists and literary critics associated with the Cátedra.

This collection offers readers an opportunity to learn about Vargas Llosa’s body of work through multiple perspectives: his own and those of eminent fiction writers and important literary critics. The book offers significant analysis and rich conversation that bring to life many of the Nobel laureate’s characters and provide insights into his writing process and imagination. As the last surviving member of the original group of writers of the Latin American Boom — which included Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Fuentes, and Julio Cortázar — Vargas Llosa endures as a literary icon because his fiction has remained fresh and innovative. His prolific works span many different themes and subgenres.

A combination of literary analyses and anecdotal contributions in this volume reveal the little-known human and intellectual dimensions of Vargas Llosa the writer and Vargas Llosa the man.

Chang-Rodríguez is a distinguished professor of Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures (LAILAC) at The Graduate Center and The City College of New York.

Riobó is a professor of Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures (LAILAC) at The Graduate Center and The City College of New York.

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Submitted on: OCT 29, 2020

Category: Faculty Books | Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures