Irina Bokova congratulates Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa
Paris, 7 October 2010 - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expressed her delight over the nomination of Spanish/Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa as this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
“Mario Vargas Llosa is a literary giant – one of the most important authors of our times – and I extend my heartfelt congratulations to him for this well-deserved recognition. The clarity of his vision, ability to analyse the structures of power and his ardent defence of individual freedom and freedom of expression have profoundly influenced public and political opinion.”
“UNESCO is proud to have contributed – even in a modest way - to his literary inspiration,” said Irina Bokova.
Early in his career as a writer, Vargas Llosa - along with Julio Cortazar - worked briefly as a translator for UNESCO, using his experience as background for his novel “The Bad Girl”, which was published in 2007. He wrote the preface for a collection of works by Cortazar, published as part of UNESCO’s “Collection of Representative Works”, and was also a contributor to the UNESCO Courier (see link below).
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