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Mario Vargas Llosa

I agree with John Podhoretz:

The man who may be the world's best living writer won the Nobel Prize for literature yesterday. That is a surprise, since the primary distinction of most literature laureates is either their country of origin or their anti-Americanism.

Mario Vargas Llosa won, the Nobel citation says, "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat."

(Although an argument for Cormac McCarthy being the world's best living writer could be also made).

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One cannot help but be struck by the clumsy descriptive powers of the Nobel committee in the citation for Llosa. In offering an award of excellence to a writer, you'd think they could find a better one to write the citation! As Podhoretz put it: "That makes his work sound like a depressing drag, and it is anything but."

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