- Associated Press - Thursday, November 18, 2010

LIMA, PERU (AP) - Peru has declared the house where Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa was born to be part of the nation’s “cultural patrimony.”

Culture Minister Juan Ossio says filmmaker Luis Llosa, the writer’s cousin, will be in charge of restoring the home in the southern city of Arequipa and turning it into a museum.

Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature last month in recognition of his more than 30 novels, plays and essays, including “Conversation in the Cathedral” and “The Green House.”

He was born in 1936 at the Arequipa house, which dates from the late 19th or early 20th century, and spent his early years living there.

Ossio said Thursday at a ceremony that it is the home of “a great Peruvian.”

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