Un bárbaro en París. Textos sobre la cultura francesa / A Barbarian in Paris
Non-fiction , 2023
Un bárbaro en París is an exclusive compilation of texts dedicated to French culture, not only as reflected by its great writers, but also by intellectuals such as Sartre, Camus, Aron and Revel. It brings to light Mario Vargas Llosa’s love of French literature, further confirmed by his recent election to the Académie Française. In fact, Vargas Llosa is the first member not to have written a work in French and the book includes his previously unpublished induction speech.
In some ways, this extensive and varied compilation settles Vargas Llosa's debt of gratitude to a body of literature and thought that has fascinated him since he was a young man, when he left Peru for Paris, the city where he stayed on with the dream of becoming a writer.