COLOMBIAN WRITER PABLO MONTOYA WINS "JOSÉ DONOSO" 2016 AWARD

JURY VALUED THE "DISRUPTIVE AND INNOVATIVE NATURE" OF HIS WORK. MONTOYA WILL COME IN OCTOBER TO RECEIVE THE AWARD, AT THE BOOK FAIR.



September 2, 2016

Colombian writer Pablo Montoya, 53, is the winner of the XVI version of the Latin American "José Donoso" Literary Award given by the Universidad de Talca in recognition to the work done by Spanish and Portuguese-speaking writers.

In the document where the six specialists members of the international jury based their decision, the vast and varied production of the author is highlighted, and whose pen has gone through short stories, poetry, novel, essays and literary critique.

"He has a disruptive and innovative character that not only deviates from the currents of the Colombian literature of the last two decades, but he also widens the imaginary of Latin American to incorporate aesthetical and experiential stories and traditions overshadowed by the demands of the cultural market", said Horst Nitschack, Head of that event.

"He is a master of the short phrase, and of the description of feelings and emotions. On the track of great figures of Latin America literature, he nourishes his treatment of national issues with a generous universalism. His writing combines a dazzling erudition with a refined and accessible language that sets up complicities with the reader," he added.

The news of the award was communicated to Montoya in a telephone contact to his home, in Colombia. "I feel very touched that my work and my books were recognized with this award that is so important in the literature panorama of the Latin American", he said.

He acknowledged that for him, this recognition has an additional value, due to his proximity with the work of Donoso.

"José Donoso is part of the readings I did when I started to get interested in Latin American literature. I particularly remember the great impact I felt with ' Hell Has no Limits ', but more still, I remember the completely disturbing impact produced by ' The Obscene Bird of Night ', in my opinion, one of the greatest novels written in America Latin", he added.

"Inhabitants", "Requiem for a Ghost", "The Night’s Kiss ", "The Historical Novel in Colombia, 1988-2008: Between Pomp and Failure", "Triptych of Infamy" and "Music of Birds", are some of the numerous titles that stand out among Montoya’s literary production, who, before becoming a writer, was a flutist with the Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Literary Sectors

On this occasion, the jury included Diana Klinger, from the Universidad Federal Fluminense de Brazil; Monica Marinone, from the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentina; Rory O’Bryen, from Cambridge University, United Kingdom; Raquel Arias, from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and Horst Nitschack, from the U. de Chile.

"The jury is chosen every year among members of the highest quality. We seek people from countries that represent literary sectors of the world. There is always a professional from Chile, from Latin America and from Europe or the United States to expand the opinions. I highlight the professionalism of the jury that decided on the José Donoso award, with scholars and academics from prestigious universities," said the Coordinator of the prize, Javier Pinedo.

Pinedo added that the award - which consists of a medal, a diploma and 50,000 dollars sponsored by Banco Santander - will be delivered to the winner at the International Book Fair of Santiago, which takes place in the month of October.

Former winners of the José Donoso Latin America Literary Award include José Emilio Pacheco (2001), Beatriz Sarlo (2002), Isabel Allende (2003), Antonio Cisneros (2004), Ricardo Piglia (2005), Antonio Lobo Antunes (2006), Miguel Barnet (2007), Javier Marias (2008), Jorge Volpi (2009), Diamela Eltit (2010), Sergio Ramírez (2011), Juan Villoro (2012), Pedro Lemebel (2013), Silviano Santiago (2014) and Rodrigo Rey Rosa (2015).



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