Venezuelan poet Rafael Cadenas wins the 2022 Cervantes Prize

The jury of the Miguel de Cervantes Prize for Literature in Spanish, corresponding to 2022, She chose the Venezuelan poet Raphael chains as winner From this year’s edition. The prize money is €125,000 and is the most prestigious award for letters in the Spanish language.

This was announced by the Minister of Culture and Sports, Mikel Esitawho highlighted that “his work is one of the most important and demonstrates the transformative power of the word”.

Last year, the Cervantes family awarded Uruguayan writer Cristina Peri Rossi. Previously, two Spanish writers – Francisco Prinz (2020) and Joan Marguerite (2019) – and two Latin American writers – Uruguayan Ida Vitale (2018) and Nicaraguan Sergio Ramirez (2017) – have been awarded respectively, breaking the usual award rotation. .

Winners in recent years have been completed with the names Eduardo Mendoza (2016), Fernando del Paso (2015), Juan Goytisolo (2014), Elena Bonatosca (2013), Jose Manuel Caballero Bonald (2012) and Nicanor Parra (2011), among others.

In 1976, Jorge Guillén, one of the leading figures of Generation 27, received the first of these awards, and since then, 41 other winners have followed: 20 Spaniards and 21 Hispanic Americans. Only in 1979 there were two winners, when Gerardo Diego and Jorge Luis Borges were awarded the Equity Prize.

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