Ferlosio wins Cervantes literary award

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3 December 2004 , MADRID- Spanish writer Rafael Sanchez Ferlosio has been awarded the 2004 Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious in Hispanic literature.

3 December 2004

MADRID- Spanish writer Rafael Sanchez Ferlosio has been awarded the 2004 Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious in Hispanic literature.

The honour includes a cash prize of more than USD 110,000.

In 1994, Sanchez Ferlosio, who turns 77 on Friday, won the National Essay Prize for his piece "Vendran mas años malos y nos haran mas ciegos" (More Bad Times are to Come and They'll Make Us More Blind).

At a press conference, Spain's culture minister Carmen Calvo congratulated the writer and said this year's selection provides an "extraordinary prelude" to the 400th anniversary of the publication of Miguel de Cervantes' "Don Quixote of La Mancha."

Experts consider Sanchez Ferlosio's most famous novel, "El Jarama" (1955), a milestone in Spain's post-Civil War literary history.

That book, which won the 1955 Nadal Award in literature, and "Industrias y andanzas de Alfanhui" (The Adventures of Ingenious Alfanhui) earned him international acclaim.

Born in Rome in 1927, Sanchez Ferlosio became part of a group of authors in the aftermath of the Civil War (1936-39) who were known for their dedication to social realism.

He has also written short stories, poems and newspaper articles.

Last year's winner was Chilean poet Gonzalo Rojas.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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