News from Stockholm about one of HG's favorite writers.
Great news and completely unexpected, since Vargas Llosa is famously of the right...
Omnivoracious, over at Amazon, points out this true fact:....now, perhaps for the first time, we have two Nobel laureates who have gotten into a fistfight, as Vargas Llosa famously did in 1976 with Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who was the last South American winner back in 1982. The Times provides the detail:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/29/books/29marq.html?_r=2&oref=sloginAt one point Mr. Vargas Llosa rushes up to Mr. García Márquez, who innocently tries to embrace him. Instead Mr. Vargas Llosa decks him, Mr. García Márquez’s blood gushing everywhere.Some had surmised that the fight may have been over politics, since Mr. García Márquez has always been on the left and Mr. Vargas Llosa at the time had begun to migrate to the right. (He later made an unsuccessful attempt to run for president of Peru in 1990 as a free marketeer.) But, as Mr. Moya explains, the cause was a woman, specifically, Mr. Vargas Llosa’s wife, whom Mr. García Márquez consoled during a difficult period in the marriage.
How "consoled" was she?
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