PARIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) – The French Academy, the prestigious institution that shapes the standards of the French language, said on Thursday that it will admit as a new member Peruvian writer and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, although he is 10 years older. what his statutes allow and he has never written a book in French.
Vargas Llosa, whose sharp attacks on Peru’s then-ruling army made him a prominent figure on the 1960s Latin American literary scene, was admitted with 18 out of 22 votes, the Academy said in a statement.
The writer, famous for books like “The City and the Dogs” and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010, is 85 years old. He was admitted even though the age limit of the institution is 75 years. The Academy did not comment on this in its statement on the appointment.
Although Vargas Llosa does not write in French, the daily Le Monde said that the writer speaks French because he lived for a time in Paris.
The French Academy is considered the conservator of the French language throughout the world, in charge of drafting linguistic guidelines and creating new words.
Current members vote for new members. Notable writers rejected several times include 19th-century novelists Emile Zola and Jules Verne.
(Reporting by Tassilo Hummel. Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme)