Werner Herzog returns to Chile invited by the cycle The city and the words of the UC to present his first novel

German director Werner Herzog will present his first novel in the cycle The City and the Words of the UC this Saturday.

This is “The Twilight of the World”, which tells the incredible story of the Japanese soldier who never gave up (because he didn’t know that WWII was over).

“The night wallows in feverish dreams. Even waking up is like an icy shiver and the landscape, a static dream that refuses to dissipate as it turns into day, flickering like a misconnected fluorescent light. A ritual torture, an electrical outlet that has been glowing in the jungle since morning,” he writes in the first scene of the novel.

The work transports the reader to 1974, to a remote path in the middle of the jungle. There, in the thick branches, under the constant heat, rain and storms, hides Hiroo Onda, a thin 50-year-old soldier, holding his rifle.

During his visit, Herzog will also read excerpts from his memoirs, “Each for himself” and “God against all”, published in Germany and soon to be published in Spanish.


German director, screenwriter, author, actor and opera director, Herzog is considered a pioneer and representative of the New German Cinema, with a filmography comprising more than 78 films.

He recently co-directed with Clive Oppenheimer the documentary “Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds” (2020), a work that explores the links between science, history and mythology, through a journey on the trail of meteorites.

He is known for his unique filmmaking process, such as ignoring storyboards, emphasizing improvisation, and placing cast and crew in situations similar to the characters in his films. During the year 2020 he worked on a documentary about the Neurorights law that was approved in Chile.


The City and Words program, which belongs to the Doctorate in Architecture and Urban Studies of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, has had great repercussions at a national level and has had the presence of great authors.

The French Michel Houellebecq, Ricardo Piglia, Julian Barnes, Ian Mcewan, Richard Ford, Javier Marías, Jonathan Franzen, Mario Vargas Llosa (Nobel Prize), Alan Pauls, JMCoetzee (Nobel Prize), Orhan Pamuk (Nobel Prize), Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt, Milena Busquets, Alessandro Baricco, Caroline Deruas and many others. The program has a long history, since 2007 it has contributed great figures of world culture.

Herzog will be on Saturday, January 21 at 12:00, at the Lo Contador campus (El Comendador 1916, Providencia). The program conducted by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Loreto Villaroel is free, registration must be done at the email address lvillarr@uc.cl.

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