Mario Vargas Llosa awarded 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature

Novelist, journalist, essayist and even politician, the Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa is one of the great Latin American storytellers - a master of dialogue who believes in the power of fiction to improve the world. This month the Swedish Academy awarded him the world's most respected literary award for 'his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat'.

Although Llosa is best known for his novels, including Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter and the monumental Conversation in the Cathedral, he is also an accomplished literary critic. Time magazine praised his ability to transform 'criticism into a sensual romp'. Certainly his imaginative engagement with literary classics was revealed in the essay he wrote about Les Misérables, 'The Divine Stenographer', which accompanies our limited edition of Victor Hugo's classic.

Llosa ends his insightful essay on Victor Hugo and the narrator with a comment that could equally apply to his own work: 'Even though it is unreal, it expresses a profound truth: the truth of certain dreams, fears or desires of ours that chime with the dreams, fears and desires that he brought to life in his magnificent invention.'

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