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Mario Vargas Llosa wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Mario I'm a little late posting this because my work computer - which needs to be taken out in the woods and exterminated like a rabid dog - refused to cooperate, but yes: Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa won the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature, despite the Nobel committee's disdain for non-European writers.

Vargas Llosa has written more than 30 novels, play and essays and won Spain's Cervantes Prize in 1995. The Associated Press reports that he's the first South American winner of the $10 million kroner prize (that's $1.5 million to you) since Gabriel Garcia Marquez won it in 1982.

In the past six years, the Nobel lit prize has gone to five Europeans (surprise!) and one Turk, despite plenty of giants of American letters who might deserve the honor. Philip Roth, say? (Yes. I've been converted by American Pastoral.) 

Click here to read Fabiola Santiago's story on how Vargas Llosa won the award.

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