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Awards and Recognitions

FIL Literary Prize bestowed by the Civil Association Prize for Literature in Romance Languages


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Ida Vitale

(Uruguay, 1923)



Ida Vitale (Montevideo, 1923) is one of the most important voices in Spanish-language poetry. Part of the group of writers known as the Generation ‘45, her untiring work lead her to delve into poetry, literary criticism, journalism, and translating.  She studied humanities and was a professor until 1974 when the military dictatorship forced her into exile in Mexico for ten years. She has collaborated with numerous newspapers and magazines, served on the advisory board for Vuelta, and was part of the group that founded Unomásuno. Some of the awards she has received include the Octavio Paz International Poetry and Essay Award, the International Alfonso Reyes Award, the Queen Sofia of Ibero-American Poetry Award, and the Federico García Lorca and Max Jacob Awards for poetry. She received an honorary PhD from the University of Uruguay. Some of her many works include The Light of this Memory, Procurement of the Impossible, Dictionary of Affinities, Constancy's Dreams and Each In His Own Night. She has also done notable translations of works by authors including Luigi Pirandello, Boris Vian, Gaston Bachelard and Simone de Beauvoir.