(Madrid) The Spanish-Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel Prize for Literature 2010 and member of the French Academy, was released on Friday from the Madrid hospital where he had been admitted for complications related to COVID- 19, announced one of his sons.
“My dad has been given the green light (from doctors to go out) and is doing better,” Álvaro Vargas Llosa posted on Twitter.
The 87-year-old writer, who lives in the Spanish capital, was hospitalized on Saturday, fifteen months after a first hospitalization for COVID-19 in April 2022.
Born on March 28, 1936, into a middle-class Peruvian family, Vargas Llosa was one of the great protagonists of the Latin American literary boom in the 1960s and 1970s, along with Colombian Gabriel García Márquez and Argentinian Julio Cortazar.
Admired for his description of social realities, Mario Vargas Llosa, the author of masterpieces such as The City and the Dogs, Conversation in the Cathedral and The Party with the Goat, was however criticized by South American intellectual circles for his conservative positions.
Translated into around thirty languages, this Francophile author, who lived for several years in Paris in his youth, was the first foreign writer to enter during his lifetime in the prestigious collection of the Pléiade in 2016. He was elected to the French Academy in 2021.