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The Culture That Was

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Nexus Library volume X, bilingual edition

It seems like culture is on sale everywhere and only spectacle counts. What appears to be a financial crisis is really a moral crisis. In his 2013 Nexus Lecture, ‘The Future of Humanism’, Nobel Prize Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa identifies the general loss of authority as one of the main causes of today’s slump in education, art and politics. In a public discussion with Rob Riemen, Vargas Llosa made a passionate plea for reading books, as a means to secure the future of humanism.

“The notion of culture has expanded so much that it has simply vanished.”

About the author

Mario Vargas Llosa

Peru, 1936
Mario Vargas Llosa is a writer. He studied literature and law in Lima and worked as a journalist. He broke through with his debut novel, The Time of the Hero (English translation 1969), in 1963. Other classic novels by Vargas Llosa are Conversation in the Cathedral (1969, English translation 1975), the autobiographical Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (1977, English translation 1982),The Feast of the Goat (2000, English translation 2002) and The Dream of the Celt (2010). In 1990, he was a candidate in the Peruvian presidential elections. About his campaign, he wrote the memoir A Fish in the Water (1994). In 2012, Vargas Llosa won the Nobel Prize in Literature.