Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Swedes Speak: Mario Vargas Llosa wins the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature

A few minutes ago it was announced in Stockholm that Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has won this year's Nobel Prize in Literature. Unless Carlos Fuentes wins sometime in the future, this will probably be the last Nobel awarded to a writer of the Latin American Boom generation--or El Boom!, as it's known south of my border. Vargas Llosa is a wonderful writer and superb literary craftsman, and he richly deserves this honor. And it's about time the Swedish Academy got its nose out of Europe and gave the award to a writer of the other hemisphere. Congratulations, Mario!

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