The jury has awarded the French writer Emmanuel Carrére (Paris, 1957) the 2021 Princess of Asturias Award for Literature , to which thirty-three nominations from twenty nationalities chose and which has been the fifth to fail of the eight awards that the institution.

The author of The Adversary , the novel that enshrined him and in which he narrated the life of the criminal Jean-Claude Romand, thus takes over from the Canadian essayist and professor of classical culture Anne Carson , who won the award last year, and He becomes the second French writer to receive the award after the one awarded in 2018 to the novelist Fréderique Audoin-Rouzeau (Fred Vargas).

Carrère, whose candidacy was presented by the Spanish physicist Miguel Echenique Landiríbar (1998 Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research), is also a screenwriter and director and, after debuting as a film critic, published his first work in 1982, a monograph on film director Werner Herzog.

A year later, the French author focused on literature with titles such as Bravura or El mustache , which years later he adapted to the cinema, before publishing his work El adversario in 2000 , the success of which led him to abandon fiction and write texts with their own experience or based on the real lives of other people and historical figures.

For Carrère, his published works from “The adversary” are not fiction and the things he relates actually happened.

“There are people who are not willing to understand that you can write something that is true, that there are many people who make a direct connection between” literature “and” novel “, who consider that literature can only be fiction,” he warns.

The Literature Award has distinguished in previous editions the work of Adam Zagajewski, John Banville, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Leonard Cohen, Paul Auster, Claudio Magris, Arthur Miller, Augusto Monterroso, Günter Grass, Philip Roth, Carlos Fuentes, Camilo José Cela , Mario Vargas Llosa and Juan Rulfo , among others.

This award is intended to distinguish “the work of cultivating and perfecting literary creation in all its genres ” as detailed in the bylaws of the Princess of Asturias Foundation.

The other 2021 Princess of Asturias Awards
In this issue have already been awarded prizes for the Arts , the Serbian Marina Abramovic , the greatest exponent of the “performance”; Communication and Humanities, to the American journalist and writer Gloria Steinem , icon of modern feminism; Social Sciences, to the Indian economist Amartya Sen , known for his work on the theory of social choice, human development and economic well-being, and that of Sports, to the swimmer Teresa Perales , winner of 26 medals in five Paralympic Games.

After that of the Letters to Emmanuel Carrère, those corresponding to International Cooperation remain to be failed , on June 16; Scientific and Technical Research , June 23, and Concordia , June 30.


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