Winners of Cuba’s Casa de la Americas Literary Awards Announced

EFE reports that authors from Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba were among the winners in the 2010 edition of Cuba’s Casa de las Américas literary contest, for which 430 works from 22 countries were submitted.
Argentina’s Bruno Di Benedetto won the poetry award for his book “Crónicas de muertes dudosas” (Chronicles of Dubious Deaths), while Chile’s Guillermo Rivera, Panama’s Javier Alvarado and Cuba’s Manuel García Verdecía received honorable mention. The theater prize was conferred on El Salvador’s Jorgelina Cerritos for “Al otro lado del mar” (The Other Side of the Sea). In that same category, Uruguayan author Sergio Blanco’s “Barbarie” (Barbarism) and Cuban playwright Cheddy Mendizabal Alvarez’s “Las dos caras de la moneda” (Two Sides of the Same Coin) were also mentioned. The poetry collection “Approaching Sabbaths” by Trinidad and Tobago’s Jennifer Rahim was awarded the prize for best work of Caribbean literature in English or Creole, while honorable mention went to Jamaican author Opal Palmer Adisa’s “I name me name.”
In the Brazilian literature category, the jury opted for Nélida Piñón’s “Aprendiz de Homero” (Homer’s Apprentice).
Also receiving mention were Luiz Claudio Cunha’s “Operação Condor: O sequestro dos uruguaios” (Operation Condor: Kidnapping of Uruguayans); Leandro Konder’s “Memorias de um intelectual comunista” (Memoirs of a Communist Intellectual); and María Isabel Brunacci’s “Graciliano Ramos – Um escritor personagem” (Gracieliano Ramos: Writer and Person).
Finally, a one-time essay prize in recognition of the “bicentennial of Latin American independence” was awarded to Cuba’s Sergio Guerra for “Jugar con fuego. Guerra social y utopía en la independencia de América Latina” (Playing with Fire: Social War and Utopia in the Independence of Latin America).
This year marked the 51st edition of the prizes, which are awarded annually by the Havana-based Casa de las Américas cultural center.

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