MADRID: Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, has been hospitalized after contracting Covid-19, but his condition was "developing favorably," his son said on Friday.

"A few days ago, for complications caused by [the] coronavirus, he was admitted to a clinic in Madrid," Alvaro Vargas Llosa wrote on Twitter. But "thanks to treatment, his condition is developing favorably."

Mario Vargas Llosa AFP PHOTO
Mario Vargas Llosa AFP PHOTO

"He and his family are thankful for the affection we are being shown and we ask the media to respect his privacy," said the tweet, signed by the author's three children: Alvaro, Gonzalo and Morgana.

Born in Peru in 1936, Vargas Llosa took Spanish citizenship in 1993.

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At the beginning of April, he published his latest work, The Quiet Gaze (of Perez Galdos), an essay on the Spanish writer Benito Perez Galdos (1843–1920).

He had been scheduled next week to attend the presentation of a biography of Miguel de Cervantes by Santiago Muñoz Machado, but the event was postponed.

The last survivor of a golden generation of Latin American literary giants, Vargas Llosa's writing explores universal themes often set outside his native Peru. Among his works are The Time of the Hero (1963), Conversation in the Cathedral (1969), Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter (1977), The War of the End of the World (1981), The Storyteller (1987) and The Dream of the Celt (2010).

Admired for his depiction of social realities, but criticized within Latin American intellectual circles for his conservative positions, Vargas Llosa is a leading light of the "boom" generation that included greats like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Julio Cortazar.