Gioconda Belli, who is in exile in Spain, is one of the more than 300 people whose nationality was withdrawn by the Nicaraguan authorities “for treason against the homeland”, among opponents and critics of the government of President Daniel Ortega.
The Nicaraguan writer Gioconda Belli has won the XXXII Reina Sofía Prize for Ibero-American Poetry for her creative expressiveness, her freedom and her poetic courage, as reported by the jury on Monday, May 29.
The public entities National Heritage of Spain and the University of Salamanca award this prize annually, the most important for poetry in Spanish and Portuguese, endowed with 42,100 euros (45,000 dollars).
They thus recognize the whole of the work of a living author who, due to its literary value, constitutes a relevant contribution to the common cultural heritage of Ibero-America.
Belli (Managua, 1948), who is in exile in Spain, is one of the more than 300 people whose nationality was withdrawn by the Nicaraguan authorities “for treason”, among opponents and critics of the government of President Daniel Ortega.
The jury, which unanimously awarded the prize, also valued its significance in contemporary Nicaraguan culture, reinforcing the prestige of one of the great countries of Latin American poetry.
“It has not been an easy decision,” said the president of National Heritage, Ana de la Cueva, since there were 49 candidates who “reflect the variety of our letters and the prestige of the award.”
The rector of the University of Salamanca, Ricardo Rivero, stressed that the Nicaraguan writer joins a group of “marvelous poets” who vindicate the values defended by institutions and universities and fight against tyranny.
Also part of the jury were the director of the Royal Spanish Academy, Santiago Muñoz Machado, the director of the Instituto Cervantes, Luis García Montero, the also Spanish Olvido García Valdés, awarded in the previous edition, and the Mexican writer Jorge Luis Volpi, among others. .
With information from EFE
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