The Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has just been
awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. While his historical saga The War at
the End of the World is generally acclaimed as his masterpiece, this
extraordinarily entertaining comedy about a young man's heady love affair with
his divorced aunt, which unfolds at a radio station under the influence of a
soap opera's manic scriptwriter, is sheer delight. If you've never read this
great author, start here.
June 20: Today is World Refugee Day, as designated by the United Nations in 2001. According to the renowned sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, the modern refugee problem should not be attributed to wars and despots but to a civilization that…