You’ve probably heard, but this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to Mario Vargas Llosa.
This was a nice surprise since it appears the committee figured out a way to plug the leak they’ve had the past few years. I haven’t read anything by Vargas Llosa, but I hope to soon. Vargas Llosa is the first Latin American laureate since Octavio Paz won in 1990. That was also the last time a writer in Spanish won the prize.
You can see a bibliography of his books over at A Commonplace Blog. You should also check out The Complete Review’s page on Vargas Llosa. Also fascinating is this Independent piece on the Vargas Llosa / García Márquez feud; and here’s the rather silly Guardian piece on the same subject.