Mario Vargas Llosa: Awards

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Major awards

2010 Nobel Literature Laureate
The very first Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded in 1901 to the French poet and philosopher Sully Prudhomme, who in his poetry showed the “rare combination of the qualities of both heart and intellect”. Over the years, the Nobel Prize in Literature has distinguished the works of authors from many different languages and cultural backgrounds.

Following his Nobel recognition, Vargas Llosa was made a marquis by Spain’s King Juan Carlos I. Accepting the honor with grace and humility, Vargas Llosa responded, “It’s a very kind gesture, I am grateful to the king and to Spain, and at the same time I’d like to say I was born a plebeian and I’ll die a plebeian,” in an interview with the Lima radio station RPP.


1994 Miguel de Cervantes Award

The Miguel de Cervantes Award for literature in the Castilian Spanish Language is the highest recognition granted to the creative work of Spanish and Latin American writers whose work has contributed to the notable enrichment of the literary heritage of the Spanish language.


2005 Irving Kristol Award

The Irving Kristol Award is the highest honor conferred by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.The award is given for “notable intellectual or practical contributions to improved public policy and social welfare” and named in honor of Irving Kristol.


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