Spanish PM, king hail Vargas Llosa Nobel win
Spain's prime minister congratulated Thursday Mario Vargas Llosa, who holds both Peruvian and Spanish citizenship, on his Nobel literature prize win, calling him a great scribbler.
"Mario Vargas Llosa is a great scribbler of the fruits of his imagination and also of his own vital experience, to which he has also given his intelligence and the richness of his heart," Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said while delivering a speech in Madrid.
Speaking to Spanish public radio from Oporto in northern Portugal, Spain's King Juan Carlos hailed the 74-year-old author's Nobel win as "fantastic news for Spain, since he is such a good friend of Spain."
King Juan Carlos awarded Vargas Losa the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious of all for a Spanish-language author, in 1994.
Born in Peru in 1936, Vargas Llosa took on Spanish nationality in 1993 -- a controversial move that angered many Peruvians. He maintains a house in Madrid where he spends most of the year.
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