Posted by: Diana Ferraro | 8 October 2010

Mario Vargas Llosa

 He not only built a perfect career as a Latin American writer but was also a presidential candidate in Peru, his country.  His work has been a work of excellence in every field: novels, such as The Green House, Conversation in the Cathedral and the endearing Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, short stories such as the early and dazzling Los Jefes, essays such as the wonderful La verdad de las mentiras and plays, the most famous of them La Señorita de Tacna. He was honored this week with the Nobel Prize and he has done everything, and more, to deserve it.

A major writer and a fighter for freedom, he has been translated but is not as widely acknowledged as the other giant of Latin American literature, his former friend and later his political enemy, besides other domestic quarrels, Gabriel García Márquez. The Nobel Prize in Literature will certainly draw attention to his work and allow those readers who have missed hi to discover and enjoy his work.

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