Mario Vargas Llosa is already in Paris to enter the French Academy

02/07/2023 at 10:30 p.m.


The Spanish-Peruvian Nobel Prize winner is accompanied by his ex-wife, Patricia Llosa Urquidi, and their children

The Spanish-Peruvian Nobel Mario Vargas Llosa is already in Pariswhere on Thursday he will have the reception of admission to the French Academyaccompanied by his ex-wife, Patricia Llosa Urquidiand their children, as the family made known today through social networks.

“With my parents in Parison the eve of great events”shared the firstborn of both, the essayist Álvaro Vargas Llosa, on his Twitter account.

Along with the message, he published a photo in which the three of them could be seen sitting and relaxing.

Also in the morning, their daughter, the photographer Morgana Vargas Llosa, had given details of the trip.

“Heading to Paris. Despite all the hard things that are happening, there are also reasons to celebrate life,” he also said on Twitter.

Vargas Llosa, 86, will become on Thursday the first writer in Spanish to enter the French Academythe hundred-year-old institution in charge of overseeing the language of Molière.

The public welcome to the author of “La fiesta del Chivo” will take the form of a solemn ceremony in the Amphitheater of the French Institute, before a small audience in which will find the king emeritus Spanish Juan Carlos I (who will arrive on a private trip this Wednesday) and his daughter the Infanta Cristinainvited by Vargas Llosa himself.

His election as a new member of the Academy took place in November 2021 and was not without criticism from groups of French intellectuals, both because the 2010 Nobel Prize winner has never written in the French language and because of his political positions, which some considered close to the extreme right.

Your entry age (86) also contravenes the norms of the institution founded in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu, who since 2010 had set the ceiling at 75 years to opt for one of the 40 seats of “the immortals”, the name by which academics are known by the motto “À l’immortalité” (A immortality) of the seal of the Academy.

The 2010 Nobel Prize winner will occupy the 18th seat left vacant by the philosopher Michel Serres in 2019.



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