PARIS, Nov 25 (Reuters) – The French Academy, the prestigious body that shapes the standards of the French language, said on Thursday it would accept Peruvian author and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa as a new member, though he is 10 year old. What his laws allow and he has never written a book in French.
Vargas Llosa, whose scathing attacks on Peru’s then-ruling army made him a prominent figure in the Latin American literary scene of the 1960s, was admitted with 18 out of 22 votes, the academy said in a statement.
The author, best known for books like “The City and the Dogs” and winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature, is 85. He was admitted despite the age limit of the institution being 75 years. The academy did not comment on this in its statement on the appointment.
The French Academy is considered the worldwide custodian of the French language, responsible for drafting linguistic guidelines and creating new words.
Current members vote for new members. Notable writers rejected it several times, including 19th-century novelists mile Zola and Jules Verne.
(Reporting by Tasillo Hummel. Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme)