Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa is helping to raise Peru’s cultural profile at the Bogota International Book Fair in Colombia’s capital city.
Speaking to a crowd at the literary festival, Vargas Llosa mused about the future of the written word in the age of technology.“I hope that the future youth of Colombia, of Latin America, and Spain will not allow the artificial brain and the robot to steal the fundamental pleasure of creating stories, of inventing different worlds, and to live fantasy as if it were reality. This entertainment, this fire of imagination has been one of the most important factors in human evolution, in the de-animalization of man,” said Vargas Llosa.
The Nobel laureate also paid tribute to the recently deceased Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, saying “If we want there to be new Macondos in the future, if we want there to be dreamers like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, like Cortazar, like Borges, then the pleasure of creating stories […] must be ours, a human attribute.
Peru has been given a prominent place at the Bogota International Book Fair as the event’s honored guest. 3,000 square meters of space at the fair have been given to the Peruvian delegation, where exhibitors are displaying books and selling handicrafts. Peru’s favorite son is the toast of the Bogota International Book Fair.