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Vargas Llosa named 2010 Nobel Prize recipient

The 74 year old will collect his $1.5 million (£1 million) cash prize in Stockholm, Sweden in December (10).

Vargas Llosa reveals he thought the honour was a joke when he first heard he’d won: “I did not expect this. It has certainly been a total surprise, a very pleasant surprise, but a surprise nonetheless.”

The writer becomes the first Latin American to win the award since Colombian Gabriel Garcia Marquez in 1982.

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His bestsellers include Conversation in the Cathedral, The Green House and Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter.

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