Ariel Granica, Alejandro Vaccaro, Mario Vargas Llosa and Javier Cercas at the signing of the agreement between the Vargas Llosa Chair and the El Libro Foundation

After three years, the nobleman of literatureMario Vargas Llosa, was present at the Buenos Aires Book Fair and together with the Spanish writer Javier Fencesspoke of the Spanish language and the freedom of literature despite “authoritarian governments”.

In an extensive reflection, the Peruvian writer acknowledged having “fear” that the Government intercede with Spanish literature: “They can create problems and they would prefer that there was that freedom that we have enjoyed. Despite having an authoritarian government, there was no great censorship. It allowed our language a great development.”

Ariel Granica, Alejandro Vaccaro, Mario Vargas Llosa and Javier Cercas at the signing of the agreement between the Vargas Llosa Chair and the El Libro Foundation (Emmanuel Fernández/)

At the same time, he considered that this allowed a literature “very modern, bold, brave and profound outside of governments”. “Without that freedom, literature simply disappears. A curious phenomenon happened in Latin America: while there were authoritarian governments, there was a very free literature, where the governments did not interfere”.

The return of the Book Fair

In another part of his presentation, the Peruvian celebrated the new edition of the Fair in Buenos Aires.

Mario Vargas Llosa.  web photo

Mario Vargas Llosa. web photo

“I am glad that this festival of books has been resurrected after two years of the pandemic,” he remarked, and during his presentation, the author of “Conversation in the Cathedral,” among others, recalled that in Latin America “more than 1,500 languages ​​are spoken”.

“One of the good things that Spain left is that we can understand each other from Mexico to Argentina. Language creates a bond”, he considered and asserted: “Spanish is probably one of the most important, richest languages. The diversity of our language also enriches our literature”.

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