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Mario Vargas Llosa awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

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Mario Vargas Llosa Nobel Prize

Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm today. His novels combine a distinct and eloquent prose style with journalistic interest in exposing political corruption that has plagued much of twentieth-century Latin America.

The award has political implications — Vargas Llosa was a political activist for his entire life, running for President in the early '90s. Like several Prize winners in recent years, Vargas Llosa's writing focused on human rights abuses, and the corroding forces of power and international capitalism on emerging economies.

The last award given to a South American writer was given to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, his contemporary, in 1982. The work of Vargas Llosa, Garcia Marquez, and other writers like Julio Cortazar and Carlos Fuentes, who all came to prominence in the '50's and '60s define the "Boom Generation" of Latin American literature — a period of increased Western interest in and translation of Latin American literature.

Vargas Llosa has been widely translated; The Feast of the Goat and The War of the End of the World are among his most well-known works. A movie adaptation is surely on the way.