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Peru’s Reaction to Vargas Llosa’s Nobel Prize

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Immediately after this morning’s announcement that acclaimed author and essayist Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature, congratulatory well wishes began flowing in from across the world—but perhaps none more pronounced than in Vargas Llosa’s native Peru.

Peruvian Minister of Culture Juan Ossio exclaimed that on top of Peru’s notable economic development, “now we have a universal writer… This prize elevates him much more.” Ossio announced forthcoming plans jointly coordinated between his office and the private sector to present a popular collection of the 2010 Nobel Laureate’s work for the general public.

The former president of Peru’s Congress, Martha Hildebrandt, praised Vargas Llosa’s award on Peru’s Canal N. Hildebrandt was a close political ally of former President of Peru Alberto Fujimori, who defeated Vargas Llosa in the 1990 presidential election.

Before noon in Lima, Vargas Llosa was already the number one “trend topic”—or the most talked-about issue worldwide—on Twitter.

Read more Spanish-language news here on Vargas Llosa’s Nobel Prize.

Tags: Mario Vargas Llosa, Peru
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