Saturday, December 01, 2007

Cervantes prize 2007

The Argentine poet Juan Gelman has won the Cervantes prize, the Spanish-speaking world's top literary award.
Gelman, 77, has published more than 20 books of poetry since 1956, and is widely considered to be Argentina's leading contemporary poet. His poems address his Jewish heritage, family, Argentina and his painful experience as a political activist during his country's 1976-83 "dirty war" against leftist dissent, an ordeal that led to his fleeing Argentina for Europe.

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