Peruvian Author Mario Vargas Llosa to Receive 'Living Legend Award'

by Brian Latimer /  / Updated 
Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa
Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa gestures during the presentation of his new book 'Cinco Esquinas' (Five Corners) at the Casa America in Madrid on March 1, 2016. / AFP/AFP/Getty ImagesAFP - Getty Images

The Library of Congress announced Tuesday it will honor Peruvian novelist, essayist and Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa with the "Living Legend Award."

The ceremony is free and open to the public and will be held on April 11 at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

Vargas received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 for works including deeply political novels such as “The Feast of the Goat” and “The War of the End of the World.” A prolific novelist and essayist, he is considered an integral part of the "Latin American Boom" of the 1960s and 1970s which also include Gabriel García Márquez and Julio Cortázar, among others.

“Mario Vargas Llosa has brought to life the history and character of the Latin American people in memorable literature that has been translated into many languages around the world,” said Acting Librarian of Congress David S. Mao. “The Library of Congress is proud to honor him and his work.”

RELATED: Library of Congress Launches Online Hispanic Literature Recordings

In September 2015, during Hispanic Heritage Month, the Library of Congress launched online Hispanic literature recordings to the public. Llosa was one of the features writers in the collection. The "Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape" contains over 700 audio recordings of writers and poets reading their work in their native languages.

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