What the Swedes Read

A Reader Makes His Way through One Book by Each Nobel Laureate

by Daniel Handler
  • LAUREATE: Mario Vargas Llosa (2010, Peru)
  • BOOK READ: Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, translated by Helen R. Lane

In my willy-nilly research following my reading of Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, the loopy novel by Peru’s esteemed Nobel winner Mario Vargas Llosa, I stumbled across the news that the book had been adapted for film. The title is changed to Tune in Tomorrow, and the locale is shifted from Lima to New Orleans, and the book’s narrator, a stand-in for Llosa himself, is played by Keanu Reeves. This is not something you see a lot of in the laureate landscape. I don’t think Joseph Brodsky’s To Urania or Henri Bergson’s Creative Evolution, to name the subjects of two future columns, has an adaptation starring the chiseled, unblinking, hunky star of Point Break, one of modern film’s most guilty pleasures.

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Daniel Handler writes books under his own name and as Lemony Snicket.


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