Coinciding with Alfaguara's 50th Anniversary, The Alfaguara Novel Prize Celebrates Its 17th Edition
MIAMI, Oct. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ Since being founded in 1964, Alfaguara has supported Spanish literature and Latin America, building a two-way street for published works on either side of the Atlantic, and it was with this vision that the Alfaguara Novel Prize was born. The prize has subsequently established itself as a benchmark for quality literary awards given to an unpublished work written in Spanish. Its prestige throughout the Spanish-speaking world means that winning works enjoy international distribution, reaching over 400 million Spanish-speakers. The winner is published simultaneously in Spain, Latin America and the U.S., as well as being concurrently distributed in 19 Spanish-speaking countries.
Successive Alfaguara prizewinners have been translated into various languages and have garnered top reviews in the international arena. Further prizes awarded to these works only serve to validate the literary quality of the winning entries. The 2009 winner, El viajero del siglo, by Andres Neuman, was bestowed the Literary Critic's Award a year later in Spain and its English-language edition, published in the United Kingdom by Pushkin Press, was selected as one of the best novels of 2012 by the Financial Times, The Guardian and The Independent. El ruido de las cosas al caer, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (Alfaguara Novel Prize 2011), was awarded the Gregor von Rezzori Prize, given to the best foreign novel translated to Italian; it was also a finalist of the prestigious Medicis and Femina awards. In addition to these, both novels were shortlisted for the prestigious 2012 Independent Fiction Prize awarded by British newspaper The Independent and the Arts Council of England. Santiago Roncagliolo's Abril rojo (Alfaguara Novel Prize of 2006) was the recipient of this important award in 2011.
A Widely Translated Prize
The success of the Alfaguara Prize has spread far beyond the borders of Spain, as evidenced by the fact that all the winning works have been translated into other languages. El ruido de las cosas al caer, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, has been sold to publishers of stature such as Bloomsbury in the United Kingdom, Riverhead in the United States, Seuil in France and Ponte alle Grazie in Italy. These last two publishers have also purchased the rights to Leopoldo Brizuela's 2012 winner, Una misma noche. Hernan Rivera Letelier's El arte de la resurreccion, has been purchased by over ten international publishers, of which stand out Mondadori in Italy and Signatuur in the Netherlands. Renowned Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the United States, among others, has published El viajero del siglo by Andres Neuman. Mira si yo te querre by Luis Leante (Alfaguara Prize 2007) has been one of the works to enjoy wider international popularity; do date, the rights to this work have been sold to twenty countries, among them the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, China, Korea, France, Italy, and Russia.