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Juan Villoro in conversation with Mábel Lara

Cartagena 2022, 

Juan Villoro (Mexico) is undoubtedly one of the most versatile, high-profile and prolific writers on the contemporary Spanish-speaking literary scene. He has obtained numerous awards including the José Donoso Prize in Chile, the Herralde Prize in Spain, the Arguedas Prize in Cuba, the Villaurrutia Prize in Mexico and the ACE Prize in Argentina. He has lectured at UNAM and the universities of Yale, Princeton and Stanford. Along with his drama, journalism, essays and children’s writing, his bibliography includes interesting works of fiction such as the novels El testigo and Llamadas de Ámsterdam, and the book of short stories The Guilty. His latest novel is entitled La tierra de la gran promesa, which tells the story of Diego González, a documentary filmmaker who moves to Barcelona to film his next production, for the first time a work unrelated to politics. His plans change when a journalist begins to involve him in an unresolved conflict with a drugs lord, the focus of one of his documentaries. In conversation with Mabel Lara.