Spanish writer Antonio Munoz Molina has been awarded this years Asturias Literature prize. The novelist was one of 18 nominations from 11 different countries. The official announcement was made by the president of the jury. It is the fifth of the eight international awards bestowed each year by the Prince of Asturias Foundation.
“The Jury has decided to give the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature to Spanish writer Antonio Muñoz Molina because of the depth and brilliance he has narrated, relevant fragments of the history of his country, crucial episodes of the contemporary world and significant aspects of their personal experience,” said Jose Manuel Blecua.
The 57-year-old lives and works in New York. His first published work was El Robinson urbano a collection of his journalistic writings in 1984. His columns appear regularly in European newspapers.
His first novel was published in 1986 and a year later he won Spain’s National Narrative Prize for Winter in Lisbon a homage to the genres of film noir and jazz music.