Mario Vargas Llosa wins the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature

One of the most important writers in Latin America has won the 2010 Nobel prize for Literature. the Peruvian man of letters, Mario Vargas Llosa, who was somewhat of a longshot to win the elite 1.5 million dollar literary prize this year, is the first Latin American author to win since Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in 1982. Llosa was cited by the Swedish Academy for the author's ability to reveal the "cartography of structures of power and (for) his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat."

Read an excerpt from Vargas Llosa's The Feast of the Goat.