MARIO VARGAS LLOSA
October 7, 2010 by staff
MARIO VARGAS LLOSA, Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa – author of some of the most famous literature in Latin America and a beloved figure in Miami, a city he often visited – won the Nobel Prize for literature Thursday.
In an elegant and clear prose, Vargas Llosa recounts the machinations of power and the powerful in Latin America in the stories that readers engrossed in the most intimate details of the life of a character.
Whether writing about a dictator in Santo Domingo – “ goat”in his famous novel “ The Feast of chèvre”-or the mysterious woman who consumes the life of a man in “ The Bad Girl,”Vargas Llosa brilliantly captured the essence of the modern era and what drives people to their fate.
The writer, who passed this semester at Princeton University as the 2010 Distinguished Visitor in Latin American studies program, learned of his award while in New York Thursday morning. He had to give a press conference in 13 hours Instituto Cervantes of the city, a center dedicated to promoting the Spanish language in the United States.
Vargas Llosa told Spain’s El Pais, where he is a columnist, that he felt “ great joie”quand it was called with the news. But first, he thought it might be a joke.
“ I thought I had been completely forgotten by the Academy,”Vargas Llosa told the TT news agency in Switzerland. “ I did not even know the award was granted this month.”
Many of his friends thought that Vargas Llosa had been snubbed for the award because of his quick denunciation of the regime of Fidel Castro in the 1970s, when most left intellectuals continued to support Castro, despite his imprisonment and the poet Heberto Padilla its censorship of the arts and literature in Cuba.
In 1990, Vargas Llosa’s presidential candidate in Peru – he lost against Alberto Fujimori – and brought his campaign to Miami, where he has been a favorite author of the Miami International Book Fair since its inception.
Peruvians disappointed by the approval “of Fujimori’s rule, he obtained Spanish citizenship and lived between homes in Madrid and London.
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