One of the most important contemporary novelists and essayists, Peruvian Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa received this year the Cadiz Freedom Prize.
This Spanish prize is founded in 2009 by the Cadiz municipal government in Spain to honor people that are noteworthy for deepening, disseminating and extending freedom in the Ibero American sphere.
Like other Latin American writers, The 78 year old author participated in politics, defending the liberal ideas. He was candidate in the Peruvian presidential elections in 1990 with the center-right Frente Democrático.
Now he wins the 2014 Corte de Cadiz Freedom prize which honors his defense of liberty in press and in politics.
In addition the jury recognizes his efforts to preserve the perfection of the Spanish language through his literature. At the ceremony at the Casa de Iberoamerica in Cadiz, Mario Vargas Llosa, confirmed that his motivation for writing
has never been to receive prices but that he would love to keep writing as long as he can. “The best wayto die would be holding a pen in my hand,” Peru’s most-honored living author confirmed.