“The Dream of the Celt” is a novel written by Peruvian writer and 2010 Nobel laureate in literature Mario Vargas Llosa.
The novel was presented to the public on November 3, 2010 during a special ceremony held in the Casa de América museum and cultural center in Madrid, the same day as it appeared in bookstores. It has been a bestseller in Spain and was the most popular title at the XXIV Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara. At the time of the original publication in Spanish, it was announced that the novel would appear in English in 2012, which it duly did in a translation by Edith Grossman.
The book is a novelization of the life of Anglo-Irish diplomat-turned-Irish nationalist Sir Roger Casement (1864-1916). The title is itself the title of a poem written by the subject. The Nobel Prize committee in announcing Vargas Llosa's selection in the following fashion: "[it is] for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat," seemed to simultaneously anticipate and chart the author's course in his latest work, while clearly referencing some of his most acclaimed earlier novels.