Mario Vargas Llosa said, in an interview with EL PAÍS in 2016, that the curfew influences people’s customs, altering everything from their dinners to sex. Of course he was not referring to the tax due to the pandemic, the mind of the Nobel did not predict such a thing, but to that of the Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori after his coup in 1992. The writer then presented his book Cinco esquinas , where he exposed the maneuvers of the dictatorship to undermine the credibility of the opposition through scandals typical of the pink press. This novel is the first installment of the Nobel Prize collection, which hits the newsstands next Sunday, 17 of October, with the newspaper EL PAÍS. It is also available on the newspaper’s Collections website.
EL PAÍS has put together a library with authors who have deserved the highest award in the modern literary world. The selection consists of 25 works in luxury edition, bound in hard cover, by writers such as José Saramago, Gabriel García Márquez, Ernest Hemingway, Doris Lessing, Thomas Mann or William Faulkner.
Vargas Llosa inaugurates the collection, but after him will arrive Disgrace , by J. M Coetzee. The South African novelist received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003 and the Swedish Academy described his narrative as “infused with a brilliance and an intellectual honesty not prone to compromise.” Until then, Coetzee had tried to remain anonymous, declining even to collect prizes, as happened with the United Kingdom Booker Prize that he received Misfortune . The work presents the drift of a teacher, divorced twice, when the relationship with one of his students is uncovered.
The third installment of Nobel Prizes is signed by Svetlana Alexievich with Voices of Chérnobil , the book that inspired the successful HBO miniseries Chernobyl . The Ukrainian journalist and writer won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015 thanks to “her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”, in the words of the Academy. Daughter of a Soviet military man of Belarusian origin, the author collects in Voices de Chernobyl some testimonies of those who suffered the double misfortune of witnessing the catastrophe at the nuclear power plant and later being forgotten by their Government itself.
The plague , by Albert Camus, will be the fourth installment. During the covid crisis – 19 the novel soared its sales in countries such as France or Italy. Published in 1947, its parallels with recent events strengthened the connection between readers and the work.
The collection will continue with titles such as Miss , by Ivo Andric; The immoralist , by André Gide; Nationalism , by Rabindranath Tagore; The Mystic Healer , by VS Naipul, or The Crack , by Doris Lessing, all for a price of 9, 95 euros.