Fernando Savater wins Planeta Prize

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The Basque philosopher and horse enthusiast wins Spain’s top literary prize for his detective novel “Pardo’s Bend”.

16 October 2008

MADRID -- Fernando Savater, the Spanish philosopher, essayist and activist, won the Planeta Prize for his detective novel “La curva del Pardo” (Pardo's bend). The prize, which includes a payment of EUR 601,000, was presented to the 61-year-old Wednesday night at a ceremony in Barcelona.

The Planeta Prize was awarded since 1952 by the publisher Planeta to an original novel written in Spanish.  
In “La curva del Pardo”, a detective story, Savater drew on his love of horseracing for inspiration. In the novel, the plot involves the disappearance of a famous jockey, and a multimillionaire’s search for him.
Savater was a finalist for a Planeta Prize in 1993 for his novel “El jardín de las dudas” (The garden of doubts), but lost to Mario Vargas Llosa's “Litume en los Andes”.
Novel writing is just one of the Basque writer's intellectual pursuits. Savater is better known for his clearly written philosophical manuals directed at young people, such as “Ethics for Amador”, his activism in favor of peace and against nationalism and violence in the Basque Country, and as co-founder of the political party Unión, Progreso y Democracia, or UPD, in 2007.

[El Pais / Expatica]

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