Cuban writer Emerio Medina won the 52th Casa de las Americas award on the category of short history for his book The boot on the dead bull (La bota sobre el toro muerto), as announced Thursday by the cultural institution granting the prize.
Medina, also winner of the 2009 Julio Cortazar Iberian American Short Story Award, said the Casa de las Americas recognition makes him feel fulfilled as a human being.
According to the jury, Medina’s book is an example of what being proficient in a certain language and casual speech can be achieved when dealing with certain unconventional subjects that bring to light worlds marginalized by a society amid a process of political and cultural changes.
The Jose Maria Arguedas special narrative prize was granted to Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, for Mirrors. A Universal History (Espejos. Una historia universal).
Mexican Gabriel Santander Botello won the award on Novel for The Revenge of the Chacas (La venganza de las chacas), described by the jury as an overwhelming and happily exempt from following any rules writing.
No awards were granted in the category of artistic essay because the jury considered that the works submitted under this section were not good enough to deserve the award.
The Jose Lezama Lima and Ezequiel Martinez Estrada Special Awards were granted to Kamau Brathwaite, from Barbados, for a collection of poems titled Time Dancers (Los danzantes del tiempo), and Ana Pizarro (Chile), for the essay Amazonia: the river have voices (Amazonía: el río tiene voces).