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Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa reveals details about his next novel

Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa revealed on Monday that he is currently writing a new novel which will be the last part of his trilogy he started in 1988 with the release of “Elogio a la madrastra” (In Praise of the Stepmother) and continued in 1997 with “Los cuadernos de Don Rigoberto” (Notebooks of Don Rigoberto).

The probable title of his latest work in progress will be “Las cartas de Doña Lucrecia” (The letters of Doña Lucrecia), Vargas Llosa advanced in an interview with Mexican W Radio. The new novel will include the same characters of its two predecessors – Don Rigoberto, his son Alfonso and second wife Lucrecia.

The novelist remarked during the interview that “there aren’t many Latin American intellectuals nowadays” and complained that “writers and artists currently have a great depreciation in regards to public involvement and political life”.

“The intellectual is disappearing”, Vargas Llosa said, adding that he doesn’t know if this is a momentary or permanent phenomenon. “It signifies a huge generational difference”, he emphasized.

The former presidential candidate of Peru, who is one of Latin America’s leading novelists and essayists, also believes that generally todays young generation is getting involved and actively participating in social and political issues to a much lesser extend than it was the case in previous generations.

“In some cases the reasons are actually positive because now we have democracies in place instead of dictatorships. And since there is democracy writers dedicate themselves to write, painters to paint, musicians to compose, and the luxury occurs when people lose interest in public life”, Vargas Llosa opined.

For that reason, he concluded, people approach this life “with great disdain and absolute disinterest”.

Article by Wolfy Becker