Millás wins one of Spain’s top literary prizes
Valencia native Juan Jose Millas wins the National Narrative prize and EUR 20,000 for his autobiographical novel ‘The World’.14 October 2008
MADRID -- "I think the jury has recognised the quality and the content of the novel, notwithstanding the autobiographical theme", said Juan José Millás Monday after learning that his book, ‘El Mundo’ (The World), won the National Narrative Prize for 2007.
Of the EUR 20,000 prize, awarded for the best novel of 2007, Millás said, "In these times, public figures have a responsibility to say that the best place to put money is in the bank".
The novel narrates the story of an adolescent after "suffering a loss in his life." Millás left his native Valencia at the age of six, "losing the sea and the light and arriving in a cold and inhospitable city" - Madrid.
The plot follows the main character’s attempt to leave the street where he spent his youth, only to find that the same street exists in New York, Bogotá and London; since this street represents the world of the title.
Millás, who is a regular El Pais columnist, also won the Planeta Prize in 2007 for the same novel.
[El Pais / Expatica]