Casa de las Américas awards an essay on 'Currency and social unrest in Cuba'

Casa de las Américas awards an essay on ‘Currency and social unrest in Cuba’

(EFE).- The Spanish historian José Antonio Piqueras Arenas, the Argentine narrator Javier Núñez and the Cuban poet Luis Lorente were awarded the LXII Casa de las Américas Prize 2020 for historical-social essay, novel and poetry, respectively, reported this Saturday the cultural institution based in Havana.

The jury of the contest highlighted the essay Currency and social unrest in Cuba (1790-1902), José Antonio Piqueras (Spain) for rigorously addressing “monetary relations in the historical formation of Cuba between the end of the 18th century and the end of the United States military occupation”.

The novel Nobody’s daughter, by the Argentine Núñez, received the award in that genre for “showing a good narrative pulse, great handling of dialogues and narrating, in a cinematographic tone, the dystopian story of two women who resist a harsh and cruel reality”.

Some 140 works from Cuba, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia, mainly, competed in the current edition that was in session for only four days – from January 24 to 28 – due to covid-19

As for the poetry modality, the jury of this literary event – ​​which was held again this year after the previous one was canceled due to the pandemic – recognized the work Exceptional summer beauty de Lorente, for “virtuous language, successful atmospheres and excellent handling of rhythm”, according to the published minutes.

Some 140 works from Cuba, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia, mainly, competed in the current edition that was in session for only four days – from January 24 to 28 – due to covid-19.

It was also limited to three genres (with an endowment for each of 3,000 dollars or the equivalent in national currency): novel, poetry and historical-social essay.

The literary event will only take place in Havana, the organization reported, given the health and economic circumstances that the country is going through.

The jury was made up of renowned Latin American intellectuals such as the Argentine-Cuban poet Basilia Papastamatíu, the Cuban narrator Dazra Novak and the Ecuadorian editor Santiago Vizcaíno.

The award program included exhibitions, poetry readings, presentation of winning books in previous editions and a concert by the Cuban troubadour Diego Gutiérrez, among other activities.

The Casa de las Américas Literary Prize, created in 1960, has brought together thousands of works by authors from the Latin American and Caribbean region over the decades, and annually awards relevant works in various categories.

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