Ibero-American Award of Letters for Barnet
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- Arts and Culture
- South America
- 11 / 14 / 2007
The Cuban writer Miguel Barnet will receive today in the Campus Santiago of Talca University the Ibero-American Prize of Letters José Donoso.
Barnet said to Prensa Latina that its a high honor to have won this important award for him, when many writers also deserve it.
José Donoso Award consists on the delivery of 20 000 dollars, a medal and diploma for the winner.
So far the important literary award has been won since 2001 by the Mexican José Emilio Pacheco, the Argentinean Beatriz Sarlo, the Chilean Isabel Allende, the Peruvian Antonio Cisneros, the Argentinean Ricardo Piglia, and the Portuguese Antonio Lobo Antunes.
Five members of an international jury recently granted the recognition to the Cuban narrator and poet because it approaches the genre of novel testimony with exceptional quality.
The jury also coincided in that the Cuban outstands in the field of novel with publications like Biography of a Runaway (1966), history that tells the life of a Cuban slave escaped into the wild and who survived until late in the 21st century.
Biography of a Runaway (1966) is the battle horse and shield, the soul and spirit of Esteban Montejo who always accompanies me, said Barnet to Prensa Latina.
The essayist and poet who participated this month in the 27th International Book Fair of Santiago, he pointed out that with that novel testimony his purpose was not only to make an ethnographic book, but also to rescue people without history.