Chilean poet Nicanor Parra wins Spanish top prize

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Chilean poet Nicanor Parra has won the Cervantes Prize, the leading literary award for works in Spanish, Spain's culture ministry said Thursday.

The prize honours a writer's life work and it carries with it an award of 125,000 euros ($170,000).

It will be handed out on April 23, in recognition of the anniversary of the death in 1616 of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the author of "Don Quixote" and Spains greatest literary figure.

The prize, which is administered by Spain's culture ministry, is traditionally granted to Spanish and Latin American authors in alternating years.

Last year's winner was Spanish novelist Ana Maria Matute, only the third woman to win the award since in was created in 1975.

Previous winners include Jorge Luis Borges of Argentina, Peruvian-born Mario Vargas Llosa and Carlos Fuentes of Mexico.

© 2011 AFP

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