Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa has just been announced as the winner of this year’s Nobel for literature. You can read more about the story here.
According to Gale’s Contemporary Authors Online:
Llosa often draws from his personal experiences to write of the injustices and corruption of contemporary Latin America. At one time an admirer of communist Cuba, since the early 1970s Vargas Llosa has been opposed to tyrannies of both the political left and right. He advocates democracy, a free market, and individual liberty and cautions against extreme or violent political action, instead calling for peaceful democratic reforms. In 1989 Vargas Llosa was chosen to be the presidential candidate of Fredemo, a political coalition in Peru; though at one point he held a large lead in election polls, in the end he lost the election to Alberto Fujimori. Through his novels, which are marked by complex structures and an innovative merging of dialogue and description in an attempt to recreate the actual feeling of life, Vargas Llosa has established himself as one of the most important of contemporary writers in the Spanish language.
His considerable body of work is well represented in our collection.
“Mario Vargas Llosa.” Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Literature Resource Center. Web. 7 Oct. 2010.