Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, who came up during the great boom of Latin American literature in the sixties and seventies, has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The New York Times says, "Announcing the award in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy praised Mr. Vargas Llosa 'for his cartography of the structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt and defeat.'” I say, at least he writes a damn good story...and at least he's from the New World (although he is a naturalized Spanish citizen). According to Shelf Awareness, Vargas Llosa was a longshot to win, with odds listed at 25-1.
Vargas Llosa has had a prolific career as a writer (and as a would-be politician; he ran for, and lost, the Peruvian presidency in 1990). Of his more than thirty novels, plays, and other works, my favorite is the delightful Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. Of the writer's often colorful life, USA Today tells us, "The writer is also famous for having punched his former friend and now fellow Nobel Prize Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 1976 for reasons neither man has ever revealed."
Vargas Llosa is about to embark on a semester teaching at Princeton University. Lucky Princeton!