Chilean writer Skarmeta wins Ibero America literature prize

09:26, March 17, 2011      

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Chilean writer Antonio Skarmeta on Tuesday was awarded the 4th Ibero America Prize of Literature known as the "Casa de America" award for his novel "The Days of the Rainbow."

"It is about the power of imagination to achieve the changes we enjoy today, despite the globalization and cold world we live in," said Skarmeta after receiving the award.

The Days of the Rainbow is a fictional recreation of the time when Chile was about to hold a referendum in 1988 on whether former President Augusto Pinochet should continue in power, and which in real life ended the 17 years of military rule in the South American country.

"My novel has to do with another time when Chile was not democratic; we went through hard times to achieve this freedom we enjoy now. In this world where people do not believe in the power of fantasy and imagination, there are moments when the believes could produce changes in the society," said Skarmeta.

This prize was created by Planeta and Casa de America publishers in order to promote Spanish narrative in all the Spanish speaking countries in Latin America. The award is worth 200,000 U.S. dollars, and 639 works including 33 from Latin American countries were nominated for the 2011 award.

Source: Xinhua
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