El fuego de la imaginación

El fuego de la imaginación

Journalistic Work , 2022


Pages: 792

The Culture, protagonist of the first volume of the journalistic work by the Literature Nobel Prize.

 «There is no genuine culture without a plurality of ideas and without criticism» Mario Vargas Llosa

For more than sixty years, Mario Vargas Llosa has carried out an intense work as a columnist. His articles published in written media around the world are a kind of intellectual, literary and political autobiography that he has been building at the pace of the current affairs at each moment. With this volume dedicated to culture begins the publication of the journalistic work of the Peruvian Nobel Prize winner, and it is done following a thematic structure, which allows the reader to discover in depth the author's ideas in each subject over the time.

«These are the reflections matured throughout a life dedicated to reading novels, contemplating art, theater and cinema. Not only the enthusiastic testimony of intense hours of pleasure or happy digestions after having read or seen the fruits of fantasy. It is also a comprehensive approach to the human condition, to its subjective world —its values, conflicts, desires, longings, and concerns— and the way in which they have left their mark on history." Carlos Granés, from the Prologue

"Mario Vargas Llosa’s writing has shaped our image of South America and has its own chapter in the history of contemporary literature. In his early years, he was a renewer of the novel; today, an epic poet.” Per Wästberg, Chairman of the Nobel Committee for Literature

“A real master class by a great reader.” D. Ródenas de Moya, Babelia, El País

“The incorruptible independence of judgment, his own criteria, accumulation of experiences and readings of Vargas Llosa make this work a sort of literaturized biography, a vital GPS, the construction material of his novels.” Emilio Lara, Culturas, La Vanguardia

"Just like Hopscotch, Julio Cortázar's masterpiece, Vargas Llosa's The Fire of Imagination is, in its own way, many books.” Rodrigo Blanco Calderón, ABC