Nobel laureate Vargas Llosa presents new novel

3rd November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Spanish-Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, this year's Nobel Literature laureate, condemned the "consequences of colonialism" by European countries when he presented his new novel in Madrid on Wednesday.

European colonialism at the end of the 19th century "spread destruction which had after-effects from which the descendants of the victims were never able to recover," he told a news conference.

His new novel, "El Sueno del Celta" ("The Celtic Dream"), relates the life of Irish nationalist Roger Casement, who denounced rights abuses in early 20th century Congo and was hanged on charges of treason by the British.

The book was released Wednesday in 17 Spanish-speaking countries and will be translated into 20 languages.

Llosa, 74, who was named as the 2010 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature on October 7, said he found it "difficult to work" since receiving the prize.

"I sleep two or three hours a night," but "I'm not complaining," he said.

"What reassures me is that it is temporary and I hope to return to normal rhythm."

He said he still had "a lot of projects in my head," and would "continue to write every day. Death will find me with a pen in my hand," he said.

© 2010 AFP

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