Isabel Allende Wins Chile’s National Literature Prize

Novelist Isabel Allende was selected to receive Chile’s 2010 National Literature Prize, recently. The author, whose works have sold some 55 million copies worldwide and been translated into 27 languages, beat out a list of candidates including Antonio Skarmeta, Poli Delano, Hernan Rivera Letelier, Enrique Lafourcade and German Marin.

Born in 1942 in Lima, where her father was Chile’s ambassador to Peru, Allende is the fourth women to receive this biennial prize, joining Gabriela Mistral, Marta Brunet and Marcela Paz.

Education Minister Joaquin Lanvin said in announcing the choice that in the jury’s opinion, Isabel Allende, author of books such as “La casa de los espiritus” (The House of the Spirits) and “Eva Luna,” “has given renewed value to the role of the reader,” not only in Chile but also abroad.

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,September 18, 2010.

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