On the afternoon of Thursday, April 21, Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain hosted a luncheon at Palacio Real in Madrid for Spanish and Latin American authors on the occasion of the Miguel de Cervantes’ 2021 Literature Prize. The Miguel de Cervantes Literature Prize is a Spanish-language literature prize awarded annually by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sport at the proposal of the Association of Spanish Language Academies.
According to the Spanish royal court there were 100 guests attending today’s luncheon with include academics, publishers and writers. In his speech, His Majesty stated that:
“…faithful to the Cervantes spirit, this luncheon brings together academics, writers, critics, philologists , editors, cultural journalists, booksellers, literary agents and those of you who work, with different tasks and from different perspectives, so that our common language may be an instrument of dialogue and understanding between brother peoples around the world, so that it illuminates new spaces of knowledge and broaden its horizon, always attached to the town that is its owner. ‘Language of encounters’, as Carlos Fuentes used to say.”
The winner of the Miguel de Cervantes 2021 Literature Prize went to poet and novelist, Ms. Cristina Peri Rossi from Uruguay. In a press release, the Miguel de Cervantes jury noted their reason for awarding the prize to Ms. Rossi:
“The jury has highlighted her career as one of the great literary vocations of today in a wide variety of genres and her ongoing commitment to contemporary issues such as the status of women and sexuality. Cristina Peri Rossi’s literature is a constant exercise in exploration and criticism, without shying away from the value of the word as an expression of a commitment to key issues of contemporary conversation such as the condition of women and sexuality. Finally, the jury emphasizes that her work, a bridge between Ibero-America and Spain, must remain as a perpetual reminder of exile and the political tragedies of the 20th century.”