Bloomsbury to publish Mario Vargas Llosa biog

Bloomsbury to publish Mario Vargas Llosa biog

Bloomsbury is to publish a biography of Peruvian writer and Nobel Prize-winner Mario Vargas Llosa.

Senior commissioning editor Bill Swainson acquired world rights (excluding North America) to the title by Gerald Martin, who previously wrote a biography of Gabriel Garcia Marquez for Bloomsbury in 2008, from Elizabeth Sheinkman at Curtis Brown.

Swainson said: "This is both an exciting and logical next step for Gerald, who showed with his previous book that he could master huge swathes of complex, confusing and sometimes misleading material, and tell his story with controlled passion and critical flair."

Martin said: "Mario Vargas Llosa is as controversial in his politics as he is brilliant in his literary creation. I am expecting this experience to be at least as compelling as writing the biography of Latin America's other Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. And I'm delighted to be working with Bill Swainson and Bloomsbury again."

Vargas Llosa is published by Faber in the UK, and has written more than 15 titles, including Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Conversation in the Cathedral and Death in the Andes. He ran for president of Peru in 1990, but was defeate, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010.

Bloomsbury plans to publish the as-yet-untitled biography in 2013.