Saturday, January 29, 2022

French writer wins Spain’s most prestigious literary prize

French writer Emmanuel Carrier won the “Princess of Asturias” award in Spain, one of the most prominent literary prizes in Spanish-speaking countries.

The jury awarded the prize to the French writer, who has authored many novels, including “The Opponent”, a “Russian Novel” and finally “Yoga”, “in recognition of his personal production, which created a new space for expression.”

The committee, chaired by Santiago Muñoz Machado, director of the Royal Spanish Academy, said Emmanuel Carrier paints “a vitriolic picture of current society and has a remarkable impact on our contemporary literature”.

“Without being a Spanish speaker, unfortunately for me, I have a taste for Spanish-language literature,” the French writer told AFP.

He added: “The greatest interest in my books is in Spanish-speaking countries, and this makes me very happy, and I feel a kind of affinity with Spanish readers.”

Emmanuel Carrier, 63, is considered one of the most prominent names in French literature today, and his credit is rich with a series of successes with literary publications that consistently top the list of best-selling novels.

Carrier won many awards during his career, including the Rinodo Prize in 2011 for his book “Limonov.” He practiced scriptwriting, worked as a journalist and actor, and was busy writing biographies and writing novels, in addition to being a cinematographer and documentary filmmaker.

Over the past 40 years, Carrier has enriched the literary library with works of fiction based on self-exploration, including accounts of the lives of others, from murderer Jean-Claude Romain in “The Adversary” to Russian writer Eduard Limonov in “Limonov”.

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