Posted tagged ‘Mario Vargas Llosa’

Nobel Prize for Literature

October 8, 2010

This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, and I confess I am pleased. It is good that the prize goes to someone from Latin America, which, I believe, has been rather neglected by the Nobel committee, given the large number of really excellent writers from the continent. I also rather like his rather varied background: not only is he a noted writer, he also stood for President in Peru, losing to Alberto Fujimori (whose political career ended in disgrace).

Vargas Llosa is often described as being of the centre-right with neoliberal views; but he is no simple conservative, not least because some of his most effective writing is about the legacy of colonialism. As for myself, I have to declare a special admiration for his wonderful and rather absurd (in the literary sense) comedy, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter.

This award is a good choice, I feel.