According to the biographer, Dasso Saldivar, Vargas Llosa ran off to Stockholm with a Swedish stewardess he met while traveling.
Almost certainly politics of various sorts had something to with making Vargas Llosa wait so long for the honor.
An honor that the million plus in attendance (excluding perhaps Vargas Llosa) will certainly not protest.
If Vargas Llosa had never written a single novel, his nonfiction alone would have merited the Nobel.
Fueling the feud was Vargas Llosa's political drift from the left to the right.