On his arrival in Cluj, Sunday, Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa said he was “very grateful” he had been invited to Romania, adding he was glad to have been translated in a country with such great cultural tradition. According to Mediafax, upon his arrival at the Cluj International Airport, Mario Vargas Llosa declared himself “very honored” he would be awarded the Doctor Honoris Causa by the Babes-Bolyai University. “This is my third visit to Romania and I’m sure it will be just as successful as the previous two. I have pleasant memories about my first two visits to Romania. I’m grateful I have been invited and very grateful to my Romanian readers, I’m glad my books are translated in this country. I believe being translated in a country with such great cultural tradition is important for a writer. I hardly wait to see the theater performance of “1001 Nights”, said Mario Vargas Llosa.
The reputed writer, who was awarded the Nobel Literature Prize in 2010, arrived in Cluj-Napoca on Sunday, at the invitation of the Babes-Bolyai University, to award him the Doctor Honoris Causa Title.While at the Cluj National Theater, Sunday evening, the celebrated Peruvian writer also said must enrich our life and that’s why fiction was invented, and literature’s role is to provide us with the opportunity to live several lives. Before going to the theater, Mario Vargas Llosa said he hardly waited to see his play performed and talked of the need for literature. “I hardly wait to see what they have done to my play. I’m in Cluj for the first time, in Romania, for the third, I has lunch with some friends from the university, I have yet not visited the city, I’ve been here for three days, I hope to see the city and its landscapes. Storytelling is important to me as is to everybody, we need fiction to complement our lives, without fiction, our lives would be quite dull and mediocre. I believe we need to enrich our lives and that’s why we invented fiction, literature is most likely the best way fiction could be incorporate into the lives of all of us, men and women. I believe fiction is something that allows us to materialize this dream we all have of not being confined to just one life, but be given the possibility to have so many experiences, I believe this is how fiction was born and that is why literature has such a long history in people’s lives,” said Mario Vargas Llosa.
The writer turned actor for five minutes to play in his play “1001 Nights” staged by Andreea Iacob at the Cluj National Theater, Sunday evening. At the end of the performance, when actress Ramona Dumitrean, who played Scheherazade, said “The story has come to an end “, she went to the box where Mario Vargas Llosa sat and asked: “The story has come to an end, hasn’t it, Mario?” the writer has an exchange of replies in Spanish with Scheherazade. At the finale, Llosa thanked the “young and brilliant director for the very inventive recreation of the play”.