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Miguel Aguirre Miguel Aguirre | 19:44 UK time, Thursday, 7 October 2010

October 7, 2010.

"At first I thought it was a joke", said the writer, Mario Vargas Llosa, when he heard the Swedish Academy's announcement: "you have won the Literature nobel prize 2010".

It’s, definitely, the news of the year. “The peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa is awarded today the Nobel Prize in Literature 'for his cartography of the structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat.'

Mario Vargas Llosa

The news flashed round the world. Today, when I woke up. I turned on the television and Mario Vargas Llosa was being interviewed on the radio. “It was surprising, I didn’t expect to receive any prize”, said.

In Peru, everyone comment this great news, on internet, all social networks are published news about Mario Vargas Llosa; radio, television are dealing to get an interview. It’s really impressive all the media coverage.

Mario Vargas Llosa the journalist...

He was born in Arequipa (a province in sourthern Lima). Then he lived In Lima and Studied at military Leoncio Prado School. In his book “La ciudad y los perros” (The City and the dogs), 1962. He tell us about his experiencie as studient and how he could survived in that school.

In Lima he studied Laws at San Marcos University, in those times he had a revolutionary ideology, he was sympathizer of Cuban revolution, although after some years he changed his ideology to liberal right.

Not many people know, that Mario Vargas Llosa before to be a famous writer, he was a journalist. At the age of 23 he worked in “La Cronica” newspaper. This experience was determinated for him, because it was inspiration to write “Conversación en la Catedral” (Conversation in the Cathedral), 1969. This is one of the best books, since my point of view the best. This book analize what happen behind political situation, sordid stories between yellow journalism, and cabarets and miserable people. It was monumental.

From the books to the films...

Did you know that Keanu Reeves was a character in a film based in a novel of Mario Vargas Llosa? Yes It did. The film is “tune tomorrow”,(1990) and is based in the book “La tía Julia y el escribidor” (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter), 1977. It was a polemic book. This is a partly autobiographical story of the relationship between a young Mario and his aunt, a beautiful, sexy and sophisticated woman older than him.

The popular “Neo” stars as “Varguitas”. (Mario Vargas Llosa was know as Varguitas). Unfortunately this film not was good for the critics, but it’s a good choose to see today!

“Pantaleon y las visitadoras”. (Captain Pantoja and the Special Service) was another film based in a book of the same name, this relate the life of a military Captain Pantoja who has to look after of prostitutes and accommodate the desires of the men of the Peruvian armed forces in the jungle. It was two versions, one first in 1975 and the second in 1999 and It was directed by the peruvian Francisco Lombardi in 1999. It had pretty succesful.

“La fiesta del chivo” 1996, (The Feast of the Goat) This book is based on the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo, takes place in the Dominican Republic. It was made into film in 2006 and it was directed by Luis Llosa, novelist’s cousin.

The writer who wanted to be president...

In 1990 Mario Vargas Llosa was candidate for peruvian president. He could have been president, but the History did not wanted. He represented the center right, the other candidate was Alberto Fujimori (today arrested by corruption). Finally, At the end of this Alberto Fujimori won the elections.

Finally today justice was served and Mario Vargas Llosa is right now on the Olympus of world writers. Peruvian people will never forget this global event.

In a recentrly interview. He said: “I am proud to be Peruvian as Machu Picchu”.

Mario Vargas llosa: novelist, essayist, politician, journalist, master and peruvian.




  • Comment number 1.

    Hellow Miguel: Really interesting your information and the photos. But I want to congratulate you and all the Peruvians for the Literature Nobel Prize to one of the best writers in South America. Bye. Beatriz. Argentina.

  • Comment number 2.

    congratulation for all peruvian people !!!He realy deserve it's God's justice as you have said

    Good things happens to those who wait


    Soumia from BREZINA /Algeria

  • Comment number 3.

    Hello Mario,

    it's great to read your post. It's very informative. You seem to be a person of great culture.
    And you write so well that you make me want to read Mario Vargas Llosa's book. I hope I have an opportunity. Althouhg I'm not a very good reader. But I'd like to change that. And this would be a nice opportunity.

    Best wishes,


  • Comment number 4.

    Congratulations for the Nobel Prize!
    This is the first time that I access your blog and I like it. I need to brush my English and I think that reading your posts will be a great opportunity. Thank you.
    I'd like only to suggest that you change, in the first paragraph, the word "novel" for "Nobel" because it comes from the name of Alfred Nobel.

  • Comment number 5.

    Congratulations, Micky. Congratulations you all Peruvian.

    Wow! What a mind blowing delivery again! You're a real story-teller, Micky. How well-organized the structure is!! How nicely each sub-title presents the variety one after another, and reveals the journey of
    Mario Vargas Llosa, the Nobel winner 2010!!!

    Mario Vargas Llosa the journalist...
    From the books to the films...
    The writer who wanted to be president...

    It's really delicious, Micky, I mean tasty to read.

    Thanks again.

    Ashish, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi there!
    Congratulations the descendants of Incas! I can imagine how proud you are of your country and people who represent it. It has been already noticed that you truly have a talent of organising information well. Maybe you will be the next one in your country who is going to get Nobel Prize in Literature!! :-)


  • Comment number 7.

    Topics is realy interested me, because literature I love very much. We have a 2006-nobel literarture awarded novelist, ORHAN PAMUK, as you are now.
    I suppose they write their novel in a menner of originality and sincerity describing their society, folks and inevitable actual problems of human being about that anybody do want to mantion or manege to mantion.

    Your, Miguel, this last post recalled me high culture diversity of the World.

    I wish to read Mario Vargas Llosa's one book, one of your recomendation, if I have time.


    Best wishes.

    Ali OZTURK

  • Comment number 8.

    HI everyone!
    I am really appreciative about your comments. Thanks Carossi for your observation. I corrected the mistake. I recommend you to read "La ciudad y los perros" (The city and the dogs) The argument is more universal. The story is about the experiences of student at Leoncio Prado school. The "dogs" of the novel are first-year cadets, rookies who have the barbarous punishments of their comrades in higher grades. Every character has a different behavour: There are "EL JAGUAR", (The jaguar), he is the rude boy, "EL POETA" (The poet), he was a studente who like writing erotic stories, "EL ESCLAVO" (The Slave), the silly of the group. It's a fantastic novel, and I sure you'll like it

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi Miguel - and congratulations to the new Nobel laureate!
    What a pleasant coincidence to have a Peruvian blogger of the month at the moment a Peruvian writer wins the most acclaimed international prize in literature! Thanks a lot for the information about Mr. Llosa! I must confess I hadn't known him as a writer before. I suppose that happens when you are not familiar with a poet's native language, and then, Peru is a very, very far-away country for me. But now everybody talks about him all around the globe, and I'm also going to include him on my list of must-reads.
    Congratulations to you, too, Miguel. You are a great representative for your country in this international blog community!

    All the best,
    Elisabeth (Austria)

  • Comment number 10.

    Felicidades Miguel and Peru!
    You did the right thing by reacting immediately to this news.You didn't miss the moment.You wrote in your first post that you are a journalist sometimes.Yes.definitely you are!
    How nice and exciting it is for a country and its people to be spoken about all over the world in all the communication means - for winning the Nobel Literature Prize and not for daily bad and ugly news.
    I must admit as Elisabeth did,that I didn't read anything of Llosa.But I noticed that at least 5 of his books were translated to my language and according to your recommendation I'll start with "The City and the Dogs"
    Bye bye

  • Comment number 11.

    Hello Miguel,
    Thanks for your post!, while I was reading you post suddenly i began to collect some of Vargas Llosa's books that I have distributed in my room, I`m on the middle of "los cuadernos de don Rigoberto" (Don Rigoberto's diary). what a imagination! I love the way he describes situation in the way one can picture it, sometimes using peruvian-Spanish which gives it a funny touch!.

    He really deserves this prize as a contemporaneous writer.
    Besides, what a nice coincidence you being our Peruvian blogger and Vargas Llosa as a Prize winner also from Peru.
    We stay update!
    See you around

    P.S: Miguel I like your writing style, descriptive and stepwise ...still the teacher should show up, don`t you think?

  • Comment number 12.

    Hello Miguel and all.

    Congratulations for Mario Vargas and Peru.

    It's a honor for all of us. (South America).

    Cheers - Natanael - Rio de Janeiro - Brasil

  • Comment number 13.

    Hi Miguel,

    I'll be honest, I haven't read anything from him, but I'd like to congratulate Mario Vargas Llosa and Peru!
    It's so lucky that a Peruvian is the blogger now, so we could get an short intriguing summary about the new Nobel laureate in literature.

    Ditta, Hungary

  • Comment number 14.

    Hi Miguel! Hi Everyone!

    First of all, let me congratulate you and Peru on Mario Vargas Llosa’s Nobel Prize. I know you and all Peruvians feel joy and pride. It’s really great! You have every right to be proud of your national hero. Reading books is one of my greatest pleasures, and I’ve read a lot of them, but I must confess I’d heard nothing of him before he won his award. It’s a shame. Now I’m going to rectify this omission.

    Concerning writing, Miguel, what do you usually write about? Any particular genre? Are you planning on doing a career as a writer in future? Tell me more about it, I’m curious because, you know, becoming a writer is my lifelong dream. I haven’t written anything yet, but I hope I’ll do one day. Having read so many books I have a feeling deep inside that I can write something myself. I can’t give writing much thought just now, but I find myself thinking of some characters, plots, and such very often. I can see myself as a writer in my mind’s eye. But maybe it’s nothing more than my wild imagination, or ambitions. I don’t know for sure whether I’m gifted by Nature or God with such a talent. And I guess I won’t know unless I try. So I’m going to give it a try.
    Miguel, if you are serious about writing I wish you to become as successful a writer as Mario Vargas Llosa.

    Best wishes,
    Svetlana, Russia

  • Comment number 15.

    Hi Miguel!
    It's me again, I just want to correct my mistake. I should probably have said "pursuing a career", or "building a career" in literature.


  • Comment number 16.

    hello Miguel!
    it is a real proud for all the Peruvians! Congratulations! i really like the way you write, very captivating. Maybe you will be a writer and grab the nobel price? (^_^)thank you for the bit of culture and information!
    keep up!

  • Comment number 17.

    Hello Miguel!!

    Some days ago wrote in your blog about Perú, and told you that, I´m fan of Mario Vargas Llosa, an nowadays is the winer of literature´nobel price. Congratulations!! for you and all Peruans for your excelent writers, is a proud tha latin amercian people are brilliant. Regards from Mexico City.


  • Comment number 18.

    Hi Miguel, Welcome to the BBCLE blogs. I'm writting my comments after few months on this site. First of all, congratulations to all the peruvions for the Noble prize. I've read this news in the newspaper too. Your previous posts are also gripping and all the pics are wonderful. Tell us what do you do and how do you spend your day?
    Have a nice weekend!!!

  • Comment number 19.

    Hi Miguel ! Firstly congratulation for the Prize .And secondly Like mahjabeen I specially liked your previous Blog . It was so impressive ! You are very good at writing . please write more to us .
    have fun and bye

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi Dear Miguel!
    Congratulations for your the Nobel great prize!
    I like your entries, you know.
    Where is our October Teacher? It's bad that we have no Teacher now.
    Best wishes,

  • Comment number 21.

    I really enjoyed listening to a radio reading of "Aunt Julia..".Do you know if they have shot a film out of it? Thanks. By from Sassari in Italy.

  • Comment number 22.

    Hello Miguel
    Congratulations on your Nobel prize for literature. I m going to read something asap.
    I understand that this achievement makes you very pride and rewarding but I think that we'll mainly remember Nobel Prize 2010 for peace prize. I don't know how the Nobel Prize process works, but I think it was a very challenging and sensible decision. What do you think ?

  • Comment number 23.

    Hello and nice too meet you Miguel!
    What a wonderful news you´ve given us. Now Mario Vargas Llosa is a Nobel laureate :-). I´ve read and enjoyed very much two of Mario Vargas Llosa novels: The Feast of the Goat and Captain Pantoja and the Special Service. His writing style is very pleasant and his books are quite hard to put down :-).
    I´m looking forward to reading more interesting things about your country.
    Best wihes,
    Ana Paula, Brazil.

  • Comment number 24.

    Hi Miguel:

    I'm from Chile and i'm so happy for peruvians, i read "la ciudad y los perros" and i liked it too much. Really, Mario Vargas LLosa is a special writter and his Novel prize shows he is a great in world literature together Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral.


  • Comment number 25.

    Peruvian, what an interesting country. Very gland to read your comments.

  • Comment number 26.

    Felicidades Miguel

    I have read several books by Vargas Llosa and I liked a lot. I am very happy with the award they have given

  • Comment number 27.

    I think all the Spaniards are also very proud for the Prize. For us, Vargas Llosa is an old friend.

    I've read six or seven of his books, since Pantaleón y las visitadoras from Travesuras de la niña mala.

    I expected for a long time this Prize. Congratulations to Peruvian people and Spanish readers.


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