Friday, 8 October 2010

BITS AND PIECES: Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa wins 2010 Nobel Prize for Lit + Video of Lerone Clarke's golden run at Commonwealth Games

HONOUR LONG OVERDUE: 74-year-old Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has won the 2010 Nobel Prize for literature. In announcing the prize, the Swedish Academy praised "his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt and defeat." The prize carries an award of $1.5 million. The ceremony will be hosted December 10 in the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

"I am very surprised. I did not expect this," Vargas Llosa told Spanish National Radio, adding he thought it was a joke when he received the call, according to the Associated Press. "It had been years since my name was even mentioned. It has certainly been a total surprise, a very pleasant surprise."

He becomes the first Hispanic to win the award since Colombian Gabriel Garcia Marquez won in 1982. Llosa’s novels range from Conversation in the Cathedral, which explores political corruption, to The Green House, about the sexual exploitation of innocence in a brothel, to the more lighthearted semi-autobiographical Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter. Llosa is also a distinguished visiting professor at Princeton University this year.

Jamaican sprinter Lerone Clarke, 29, raced to his first Commonwealth Games gold medal in the 100m, clocking 10.12 seconds, to win ahead of England's Mark-Lewis Francis (second in 10.21 seconds) and Trinidad and Tobago's Aaron Armstrong, who was third in 10.24 seconds – on day four of the 19th Commonwealth Games, currently underway in Delhi, India. Clarke joins Donald Quarrie and Asafa Powell as the only Jamaican men to win the 100 metre title at the Commonwealth Games.

"This means the world to me; this is my first major title, and it's a blessing to come out here and run after a very long season. I messed up at the World Indoor Championships, but I came out for the Commonwealth championships, so I'm blessed," Clarke said. In cased you missed his golden run, check out the clip above.

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