Sergio Pitol awarded Spain's biggest literary prize

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2 December 2005, MADRID — Mexican writer Sergio Pitol won the 2005 Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literature award in the Spanish-speaking world.

2 December 2005

MADRID — Mexican writer Sergio Pitol won the 2005 Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literature award in the Spanish-speaking world.

The prize recognizes a lifetime of literary contributions and includes a monetary award of EUR 90,152.

The Royal Spanish Academy director Victor Garcia de la Concha said 72-year-old Pitol's writing further enriched the Spanish-speaking world's literary legacy.

This year's prize coincides with the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the first edition of Miguel de Cervantes's masterpiece, Don Quixote.

Pitol, contacted by phone by EFE at his home in the south-eastern Mexican city Xalapa, said: "I'm truly overwhelmed. It's the best thing that has happened to me in my literary life.

"It's the most important prize in the Spanish language and the name Cervantes envelops it in greatness."

Considered one of the greatest Latin American writers, Pitol, who was born in the Mexican city of Puebla in 1933, is a renowned poet and writer of short stories and memoirs.

He has also translated more than a hundred books, including works by Henry James, Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov.

He studied law and literature in Mexico City, entered into diplomatic service for his country in 1960, and worked as cultural attache in Warsaw, Paris and Budapest, and he was the Mexican ambassador to Czechoslovakia until 1988.

He was a special guest this year of Berlin's International Literature Festival, which said: "The central theme of his work is the framing of the grotesque within a carnival-like atmosphere wherein sadness is vanquished by ridicule."

His 1991 novel 'La vida conyugal' (Married Life) tells the story of an unhappy love affair and provides a pleasurable insight into the depths of the human soul, the jury said.

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