MADRID — Mexican author Fernando del Paso, who has been honored in Yucatan for his literary works, has won the 2015 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary award.
Spanish Education Minister Iñigo Mendez de Vigo announced the prize Thursday Nov. 12, highlighing del Paso’s mix of tradition with modernity and his recreation of episodes that are fundamental to Mexico´s history in his novels.
Del Paso’s works include his highly popular “News from the Empire” and “Palinuro of Mexico.”
The Cervantes prize, which caries a cash award of 125,000 euros (USD$133,950), generally alternates between Spanish and Latin American writers. Last year’s winner was Spanish author Juan Goytisolo.
The prizes are named after Miguel de Cervantes, author of “Don Quixote.”
Del Paso has previously won top awards in the Yucatecan literary competition FILEY (Feria Internacional de Lectura de Yucatan — International Literary Festival of Yucatan).
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