Cuban writer Miguel Barnet wins Juan Rulfo Prize 2006
Cuban writer Miguel Barnet was granted Juan Rulfo Prize 2006 in the story category for his book Fátima o el parque de fraternidad as organizers announced.
Barnet, holder of the National Literary Award 1994, won over other 6 thousand candidates taking part in this edition. This story is about the life of a Havana transvestite, whom the author knew personally in Havana downtown Parque de la Fraternidad.
The best short story category award went to Spanish José Antonio López Hidalgo for El punto se desborda, while Venezuelan Julio Armando Estrada Nebreda received the Best Photography Award.
Born in Havana on January 28, 1940, Barnet is one of the most notable poets, narrators and essayists on the island. Amog his best known books outstand Biografía de un Cimarrón (the Biography of a runaway slave) , Canción de Rachel (Rachel's song) and Con pies de gato (With cat's feet).
This year the jury gave out two special mentions to Ana María Castañeda Cano (Peru) and Jorge Alberto Sánchez Rodríguez (Mexico).
Set up in 1982, Juan Rulfo Prize is delivered by Radio France International, the Mexican Institute of Paris and Cervantes Institute among others.
This Literary Award grants 9 thousand Euros to honor the short story category, 5 thousand to the story and 2 thousand to the photography.