Nelida Pinon awarded Spain's top literary award
15 June 2005, OVIEDO — The Brazilian writer Nelida Piñón has been awarded the Prince of Asturias prize for letters, Spain's leading literary award.
15 June 2005
OVIEDO — The Brazilian writer Nelida Piñón has been awarded the Prince of Asturias prize for letters, Spain's leading literary award.
Piñón was awarded the prize for her "rousing" work which combined "reality, memory, fantasy and dreams".
The president of the Royal Academy, Victor Garcia de la Concha, said Piñón mixed distinct literary traditions.
Piñón, the author of 'The Republic of Dreams', beat Paul Auster, Philip Roth and the Israeli writer Amos Oz to win the prize.
Born in Vila Isabel, near Rio de Janeiro in 1937, Piñón graduated in journalism from the Pontifica Catholic University and was the first woman to be the president of the Brazilian Academy of Letters.
Descended from Galician immigrants to Brazil, she started to write when she was ten.
Her first book was 'The Map of Gabriel Arcanjo'.
Past winners of the same prize have included Vargas Llosa, Günter Grass, Camilo José Cela, Arturo Ulsar Pietri, Alvaro Mutis, Claudio Rodríguez, Carmen Martín Gaite, Miguel Delibes, Angel González, Juan Rulfo, Carlos Fuentes, Augusto Monterroso, Doris Lessing and Arthur Miller.
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Subject: Spanish news