he 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to my father, Mario Vargas Llosa, is great news for those of us who value freedom.
His work, as the Swedish Academy recognized in its public statement,
explores the oppressive structures of power and the plight of the
individual who rebels against them. His novels examine this theme
through the potent means of literary creation, of course. His
journalism, public speaking and non-fiction writing do it in more
direct form; their impact has given some comfort, for decades, to those
who struggle against authoritarian regimes.
Among the moving messages he and the family have received since the
announcement are hundreds of letters of hope from Cubans and
Venezuelans who see in him a symbol of what they stand for.
The cause of liberty in the Western Hemisphere has good reason to rejoice.