Mario Vargas Llosa received on May 20th, this year, the title of Honoris Causa doctor from the University Babes-Bolyai from Cluj, in Romania. During his speech of title acceptance, the Peruvian writer pointed out that “literature has the role of making sense of the world and enrich life.”
Vargas Llosa attended on Sunday, May 19 at the National Theatre of Cluj, at first staging of his work in Romanian “One Thousand and One Nights”, an adaptation of the famous collection of Arabian tales.
Writer Vargas Llosa’s visit to Romania ended with his participation at a conference alongside Romanian writer and philosopher Gabriel Liiceanucalled “Could we live without escaping into fiction?”
Mario Vargas Llosa was named the most complete narrator of his generation and is a representative figure of Hispanoamerican literature. Ideal representative of the Latin American boom spirit, his narrative work is characterized by the importance of technical experimentation, aspect that he uses as a master of novelist composition. His novels treat antinomy between history and structure, as expressed by the title of his various novels, the presence of structures proves the almost obsessive interest that the author has for them. Also, in terms of tone, his work has various characteristics, humor and comic to tragic fall.
Regarding its models of literary inspiration, we can see the novels “Tirant lo Blanc” by Joanot Martorell and “100 Years of Solitude” by Garcia Marquez, both considered ideals of the concept of total novel, concept within which he combines reality with myth and irrational.
In the work of Vargas Llosa is observed the use of reality as an infinite element to find content and themes, such as mediocrity of human beings, violence and sex, to which are added multiperspectivism, time jumps, the use of multiple narrators instead of omniscient, retention of information and use of parallel histories.