The novel Barataria, by Puerto Rican author Juan López Bauzá, has been unanimously nominated for the 2014 Royal Spanish Academy [Premio Real Academia Española] Award for Creation.
This was announced today in a press release the Puerto Rican Academy of the Spanish Language, referring to the work that won The Americas Award for Best Latin American narrative in 2013.
In a past interview with EFE, López Bauzá said that Barataria is a novel with “a lot of dialogue” and “a certain Cervantes-like spirit” which was published in two parts (one in 2012 and one in 2013), as it contains more than eight hundred pages.
“This is a text about political developments in Puerto Rico and the deterioration of the country in all aspects,” said the author, after clarify that “the issue of the mentality of the colonized” is continuously addressed in the book.
[Many thanks to Teo Freytes for bringing this item to our attention.]
For full article (in Spanish), see http://noticias.latino.msn.com/latinoamerica/puertorico/novela-puertorrique%C3%B1a-barataria-nominada-a-premio-real-academia-espa%C3%B1ola-2
See review of Barataria (in Spanish), here: http://www.80grados.net/una-apuesta-a-la-novela-barataria-literatura-y-satira/