Vargas reflects the modern love in his last novel

Travesuras de la niña mala, the new book of Mario Vargas Llosa, published by Alfaguara, is a love history, modern love. “In all novels there are love histories. The difficult thing is to explain this subject in a different and original way”, affirms the writer. “I say that it is a history of modern love because until now we have constructed this topic with the romanticism patents, with the same use, ritual and vocabulary. The love in every time is a certain thing and now it is necessary to consider that women are not just like in century XIX, and that is reflected in the love, freer and less limited by the family and prejudices”.

The author recreates in Travesuras de la niña mala an impossible passion in the cities where he has lived in. When Paris was the center of the world, those years in which London lived without wishing the customs revolution, the days in which Madrid entered into the modern era, Lima welcomed the chilenitas who take away the sense of Ricardo Somocurcio, a so good boy… These are cities in which the last novel of Mario Vargas Llosa (Arequipa, Peru, 1936) happens . The same ones where the author has lived and also at the same times.

Like all his works, it has been growing in his head for years, like a call. “I never know why there are certain histories that prevail to me. It comes from many years ago, when in Lima, in a district of middle-class, appeared two chilenitas. It was a history that I saw and I remember when I was child and since then I knew that I would finish writing a book about them”.

Those worlds where every character of the new Vargas Llosa's work lives and beats are true and the writer lived them intensely. Although they don't look like they were before. “Paris is any more that myth, today the Latin American artists don't dream about going there, they prefer to come to Spain, or, if they are plastic artists, to New York. London lived one of those revolutions that is not planned, but it happens, as was the customs one. I believe that is one of the novel's subjects”.

It is impossible that he escapes from the strong political context in which all his novels set framework, even Travesuras de la niña mala. If in some years you write another history of love located in the Latin America of today? “I am not a visionary and it is difficult to make predictions. It is a continent that changes, but I hope Latin America does not return to the military revolts. I hope that populism doesn't resist and doesn't make poor some countries. I believe they are isolated cases, I don't have a so pessimistic vision as others”.