Famed author and politician Mario Vargas Llosa, 74, was awarded the Nobel Literature Prize Thursday. Llosa is the first South American to win the prize since his former friend and rival Gabriel Garcia Marquez won the award in 1982, prompting Marquez to tweet this morning “cuentas iguales” (Now we are even).
Llosa is best known for The Green House and The War at the End of the World and he ran for president of Peru in 1990 but lost the election to Alberto Fujimori. Llosa was given the award “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individuals resistance, revolt, and defeat." A resident of Spain and Peru, Llosa is currently in New Jersey teaching at Princeton. He told Spanish National Radio "I am very surprised, I did not expect this."