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Mario Vargas Llosa is the recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Peru in 1936, his family was middle-class, but with diplomatic ties in the country. He was sent to the Leoncio Prado Military Academy when he was fourteen. While there, he began working as a journalist and would eventually withdraw from the school in favor of his journalism career.
Vargas Llosa eventually enrolled at the National University of San Marcos, where he studied law and literature. He then received a scholarship to study in Spain, after which he moved to Paris.
As a writer, Vargas Llosa began his career in 1957, when some of his short stories were published. Upon his move to Paris in 1960, he began working full time as a writer. His first novel, The Time of the Hero, was published three years later. It was an immediate success and earned him both praise and awards.
His second novel was published in 1965. The Green House also won awards, including the Romulo Gallegos International Novel Prize. Recognized as part of the Latin American Boom, Vargas Llosa has written over fifteen novels, fourteen non-fiction books, and ten plays.
Vargas Llosa is also known for his political activism. Though he had been a supporter of the Cuban Revolution, he would become known for his neoliberal views during the 1980s. In addition to his part in Peruvian politics, he has also been involved in Spanish politics. He was raised into the Spanish nobility in 2011.