The Spanish-Peruvian Nobel Prize winner for literature Mario Vargas Llosa, 87, has been hospitalized since Saturday for covid, for the second time in fifteen months, his sons reported this Mondays. “In view of the media’s interest in our father’s state of health, we make public that he has been hospitalized since Saturday after being diagnosed with Covid-19,” his sons Álvaro, Gonzalo and Morgana said in a statement.
“He is being treated by excellent professionals and accompanied by his family,” they added, asking “the media to respect his privacy at this time.”
The children did not specify where the writer, who has had Spanish nationality since 1993 and habitually resides in Madrid, where he was hospitalized for a few days for covid in April 2022, is hospitalized.
However, the newspaper El País, in which he publishes his weekly articles, said that Vargas Llosa is in a Madrid hospital and that he is “stable”, according to family sources.
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Last April he received the Grand Collar of the Order of the Sun in Lima, the capital of his native country. He also participated, in the same month, in a cycle dedicated to his work at the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid. In February she entered the French Academy, the institution founded four centuries ago by Cardinal Richelieu, in an act attended by King Juan Carlos I and the Infanta Cristina de Borbón. “I secretly aspired to be a French writer,” he said at the beginning of his speech. Indeed, his latest publication to date is A Barbarian in Paris: Texts on French Culture (Alfaguara), a compilation of articles on his relationship with France.
Vargas Llosa was one of the great protagonists of the “Latin American boom”, together with the Colombian Gabriel García Márquez, the Argentine Julio Cortázar or the Mexican Carlos Fuentes, a literary phenomenon that in the 1960s and 1970s made these artists known throughout the world. then young creators.
Born in the southern Peruvian city of Arequipa on March 28, 1936 into a middle-class family, Vargas Llosa was educated by his mother and maternal grandparents in Cochabamba (Bolivia) and later in Peru.
His long literary career came to the fore in 1959, when he published his first book of short stories, ‘Los jefes’, for which he won the Leopoldo Alas Award. But he gained notoriety with the publication of the novel ‘The City and the Dogs’, in 1963, followed three years later by ‘The Green House’. His prestige was consolidated with his novel ‘Conversation in the Cathedral’ (1969).
They followed later ‘Pantaleon and the visitors’, ‘Aunt Julia and the writer’, ‘The war at the end of the world’, ‘Who killed Palomino Molero?’, ‘Lituma in the Andes’ and ‘The fish in the water’ ‘ (memoirs of his electoral campaign), ‘La fiesta del Chivo’ or ‘El sueño del celta’, published shortly before receiving the Nobel Prize in 2010.
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