Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel literature laureate and former Peruvian presidential candidate, has published a new book on the writings of author Jorge Luis Borges, titled Medio siglo con Borges, “Half a Century with Borges.” Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America’s most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading writers of his generation.
In the overview, Vargas Llosa states that this “collection of articles, conferences, reviews and notes testifies to more than half a century of readings by an author who has been for me an inexhaustible source of intellectual pleasure.” He is a longtime admirer of the Argentine author and poet, whose works became classics of 20th-century world literature. Vargas Llosa notes that he always read Borges’ work “not only with the exaltation that a great writer awakens but also with an indefinable nostalgia and the feeling that something of that dazzling universe of his imagination… will always be denied me, no matter how much I admire and enjoy it with him.”
Mario Vargas Llosa is a Member of the Inter-American Dialogue.
Valeria Luiselli, Mexican award-winning author and professor at Bard College, won the prestigious Rathbones Folio Prize for literature for her book, Lost Children Archive. The awards ceremony was streamed online through BBC on Monday, March 23.