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Friday, November 28, 2008

Juan Marse wins Cervantes Prize

"Writer Juan Marse is the latest winner of the prestigious Cervantes Prize, among the most prominent literary awards in the Spanish-speaking world. Spanish Culture Minister Cesar Antonio Molina announced Marsé as the 2008 winner in Madrid Thursday. Established by Spain's Ministry of Culture in 1975, the Cervantes Prize honours the career achievement of a Spanish-language author from anywhere in the world. It carries a cash value of about $190,700 Cdn. Born and still based in Barcelona, the 75-year-old Marse is best known for his writing about post-Civil War Spain, including tales from the Catalonia region. Aside from a host of novels and a short story collection, he has also written for film and magazines. Marse will receive the prize at a ceremony presided over by King Juan Carlos in April. It takes place each year in Alcala de Henares, the birthplace of Don Quixote author and prize namesake Miguel de Cervantes. Past winners of the Cervantes prize include Mexico's Carlos Fuentes, Argentine poet Juan Gelman, Mexican writer and Nobel laureate Octavio Paz and Spanish essayist and philosopher Maria Zambrano"

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