Thursday, November 30, 2006

The National Prize for Spanish Letters

Raul Guerra Garrido, known for novels set in Spain's Basque region, has won one of the country's most prestigious literary prizes, the Culture Ministry said Monday.

The National Prize for Spanish Letters recognizes the literary achievements of a Spanish author over the course of a career. The award, considered the most important national literary accolade after the Cervantes Prize, carries a cash stipend of more than €30,000 (US$40,000).

Born in Madrid in 1935, Guerra Garrido completed undergraduate and doctorate degrees in pharmaceutical studies. He later moved to the country's northern Basque region, where he opened a pharmacy and began his literary career, writing both traditional and suspense novels.

His 1987 novel, "La Mar es Mala Mujer" (The Sea is a Bad Woman) was made into a motion picture. Other works include "El Otono Siempre Hiere" (Autumn Always Hurts) and "La Gran Via es New York" (The Gran Via is New York).

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