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Entertainment Mario Vargas Llosa, the Nobel Prize for Literature between the French Academy at the age of 85

20:15  25 november  2021
20:15  25 november  2021 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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The writer Peruviano-Spanish Mario Vargas Llosa was elected Thursday, November 25 at the French Academy, despite an age plus high that the statutes allow it, at 85 years.

  Mario Vargas Llosa, le prix Nobel de Littérature entre à l'Académie Française à l'âge de 85 ans © provided by FranceInfo

is a surprise. Thursday, November 25, the writer Péruviano-Spanish Mario Vargas Llosa, 85, was elected to the French Academy. An election outside the guns, since it is normally being less than 75 years old to reach the Cenacle of Immortals. It is also the first laureate of the Nobel of Literature to join the institution from François Mauriac, elected in 1933, recipient of the Swedish price in 1952, and died in 1970.

The winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2010 obtained in the first round 18 Voice, against one for the director Frédéric Vignale, a white and two draws, said the academy in a statement. His candidacy had been retained by immortals while since 2010, you have to have less than 75 years to introduce himself to this election. On the other hand, there is no rule as to nationality. Mario Vargas Llosa has never published in French, even if he speaks fluently, for immigrating to Paris in 1959. He lives today in Madrid.

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Five seats remain vacant

His work translated into French, mainly to Gallimard editions, is abundant, from the city and the dogs in 1966, until Wild weather in 2021. He was the first foreign writer to enter his lifetime In the prestigious collection of the Pleiade, in 2016 .

Born in Arequipa (South Peru) On March 28, 1936, this child of the middle class, after a passage to the Military Academy of Lima, is destined for literary studies, in Lima and Madrid, and journalism. His writer talent will make him one of the figures of revelation to the world of Latin American literature in the 1960s, alongside Colombian Gabriel García Márquez, from Argentin Julio Cortázar or Mexicans Carlos Fuentes and Juan Rulfo. He also had a political career, with an application for the Presidency of Peru in 1990. There was controversial liberal opinions.

Of the 40 seats of the institution designed as the guardian of the French language, five remain vacant, and the other 35 are occupied by 29 men and six women.

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