Thursday, 7 October 2010

Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world, won the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday edging out celebrated Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
The Swedish Academy said it honored the 74-year-old author "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat."
Vargas Llosa has written more than 30 novels, plays and essays, including "Conversation in the Cathedral" and "The Green House." In 1995, he was awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's most distinguished literary honor.
His international breakthrough came with the 1960s novel "The Time of The Hero."
Vargas Llosa is the first South American winner of the prestigious Nobel Prize in literature since it was awarded to Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 1982.
In the previous six years, the academy rewarded five Europeans and one Turk, sparking criticism that it was too euro-centric.
Born in Arequipa, Peru, Vargas Llosa grew up with his grandparents in Bolivia after his parents divorced, the academy said.
The family moved back to Peru in 1946 and he later went to military school before studying literature and law in Lima and Madrid.
In 1959, he moved to Paris where he worked as a language teacher and as a journalist for Agence France-Presse and the national television service of France.
He has lectured and taught at a number of universities in the U.S., South America and Europe.
He is teaching this semester at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J.

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