In Spain, EFE reports that Dominican singer and writer Rita Indiana has obtained the Grand Prize for Literature of the Association of Writers of the Caribbean for her novel La mucama de Omicunlé. This is the first work in Spanish to have received this award (novels in English and French also compete for the prize.) Diario Libre reports:
The publishing house Periférica, which discovered Indiana (Santo Domingo, 1977) in Spain, announced in a statement that the writer and music composer had won the award for La mucama de Omicunlé—a novel “full of dissonances” and a “magnificent narrative proposal that distills an authentic Caribbean.”
According to the jury, this literary work “is deployed through countless discursive layers: religious syncretism, indoctrination, drug trafficking, political corruption, gender perspective, Caribbean environmental deterioration, pain and escapism,” elements that “merge into an account that mixes the colloquial with the fused rhythm of music and art.”
The jury was composed of Andrés Bansart (Venezuela), Earl Lovelace (Trinidad and Tobago), Camila Valdés (Cuba), Patricia Donatien (Martinique), Lyonel Trouillot (Haiti), and Funso Aiyejina (Nigeria).
The novel competed with around twenty works written in Spanish by authors like the Cuban Leonardo Padura or the Puerto Rican Mayra Santos Febres, among others.
Indiana is a key figure in current Caribbean literature, as well as a songwriter and singer. She is the author of story books such as Rumiantes (1998) and Ciencia succión (2002), and novels such as Papi or La estrategia de Chochueca.
[Translated by Ivette Romero. For original article, see https://www.diariolibre.com/revista/cultura/rita-indiana-premio-de-literatura-de-la-asociacion-de-escritores-del-caribe-CD6858510.]