JUAN GABRIEL VÁSQUEZ IN CONVERSATION WITH PHILIPP BLOM
SAMSTAG, 30.09. 2023 / 17h00,
AKADEMIE DER BILDENDEN KÜNSTE WIEN, AULA
JUAN GABRIEL VÁSQUEZ is considered one of the most important living Latin American writers, whose literary work both continues and innovates the great literary tradition of writers like Julio Cortazar, Mario Vargas Llosa, or his fellow Colombian, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He is one of those ingenious storytellers who uncover hidden worlds while seducing the reader to indulge in the joy of reading. Combining history and fiction, he draws a complex tableau of Colombian society that is still today marked by violence, drug trade, and inequality. His most recent book, an account of two generations’ struggle for big ideals and justice, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War and Latin America’s recent history, has just been published in German as Wenn es an Licht fehlt. In a conversation with PHILIPP BLOM, he will talk about the place of literature and writing in disentangling the multilayered contemporary world.
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Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s books include The Sound of Things Falling, winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, The Shape of the Ruins, shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, and Retrospective, winner of the Mario Vargas Llosa Biennal Award and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (published in German as Wenn es an Licht fehlt). He has translated works by Joseph Conrad and Victor Hugo, amongst others, into Spanish. He writes a weekly column for the Spanish newspaper El País. His work is published in thirty languages worldwide.