Hispanic Nobel Laureates in Literature

There have been a string of writers from Latin America and Spain who have been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

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    Mario Vargas Llosa

    Mario Vargas Llosa Won: 2010.  From: Peru.  Best known works include "Conversation in the Cathedral" and "The Green House." According to the Academy, he won "for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat."
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    Octavio Paz

    Octavio Paz Won: 1990.  From: Mexico.  Best known works include “The Grammarian Monkey” and “East Slope.” According to the Academy, he won for “for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity."
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    Camilo José Cela

    Camilo José Cela Won: 1989.  From: Spain.  Best known work is “La Colmena.” He wrote novels, short narratives and travel diaries, and is known for experimentation and innovation for his writing. Won "for a rich and intensive prose, which with restrained compassion forms a challenging vision of man's vulnerability"
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    Gabriel García Márquez

    Gabriel García Márquez Won: 1982  From: Colombia.  Best known works include “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera.” According to the Academy, he won "for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts."
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    Pablo Neruda

    Pablo Neruda Won: 1971  From: Chile.  Best known works include “Twenty Poems of Love and a Song of Despair” and “Obras Completas.” According to the Academy, he won “for a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent's destiny and dreams."
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    Miguel Angel Asturias

    Miguel Angel Asturias Won: 1967  From: Guatemala.  Best known works include “El Señor Presidente” and “Hombres de maíz.” According to the Academy, he won "for his vivid literary achievement, deep-rooted in the national traits and traditions of Indian peoples of Latin America."
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    Juan Ramón Jiménez

    Juan Ramón Jiménez Won: 1956  From: Spain.  Best works include “Sonetos espirituales” “Platero y yo” and “Piedra y cielo.” According to the Academy, he won "for his lyrical poetry, which in Spanish language constitutes an example of high spirit and artistical purity."
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    Gabriela Mistral

    Gabriela Mistral Won: 1945  From: Chile.  Best known work includes “Soneta de le muerte”, “Desolacíon” and “Ternura.” According to the Academy, he won "for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world."
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