Nobel Prize Winner Mario Vargas Llosa is talking now on RTE (from the Dublin Writers' Festival) about Roger Casement, who inspired his recent novel, and about the conflict between his ideas of Imperialism as a progressive force for the undeveloped world, and the human rights atrocities and genocides he found were happening in the Congo and in Putamayo, Peru.
We discussed him and his plan to write about Casement at the time of the Nobel Prize award -
He talked about the complexity of real 'heroes' and how it was sad that Casement's countrymen and women couldn't accept him as he was, gayness included.
He talked about Casement as someone naive, who thought he could stop the Rising, which he feared would be a fruitless bloodbath.
Finally, he mentioned coming across "Roger Casement Street" in a small town in Peru.
I've been re-reading his diaries in the last few days. I originally bought them to take my own view on the controversy over whether or not the British tampered with them to represent him as homosexual, in order to discredit him when sentencing him to death as a traitor. The diaries read seamlessly, and I don't see any reason to believe aren't authentic. Nor is there anything horrific in them. I'll post again when I've finished re-reading the book.