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And the Cervantes Prize Goes To…

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Juan Marsé!

Marsé  is the 2008 winner of the Cervantes Prize, one of the most prestigious and prominent literary awards in the Spanish-speaking world. The 75-year-old author is best known for writing about life after the Spanish Civil War, particularly in his home region, Catalonia.

Marsé will have to wait another 5 months before receiving the prize though since it is presented each year in April by King Juan Carlos in Alcala de Henares, the birthplace of author Miguel de Cervantes. (Cervantes died on April 22, 1616)

Marsé will also be getting some help in dealing with the worldwide recession as the prize includes a cash award of €125,000 ($160,000).

Some of Juan  Marsé’s recent books include:

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