Guadalajara, Jalisco, September 04, 2023
Coral Bracho is the winner of the FIL Literary Award 2023
The jury recognized the Mexican poet as an "outstanding figure, essential for the continental language." The Award ceremony will take place on November 25th during the opening ceremony of the 37th edition of the FIL Guadalajara
For “her continuous investigation into the political aspects of poetry and the weight of the written word”, a jury composed of Antonio Sáez Delgado, Ignacio Sánchez Prado, Javier Guerrero, Oana Fotache Dubălaru, Sandra Ozzola, Michi Strausfeld and Vittoria Borsò awarded the FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages 2023 to Mexican writer Coral Bracho, who will receive the award, endowed with 150 thousand dollars, on November 25th during the opening ceremony of the 37th edition of the Guadalajara International Book Fair.
The jury recognized the Mexican poet as an "outstanding figure of a neo-Baroque poetic genealogy”, essential for the language. "Coral Bracho's poetry asks about the ways in which the world is discovered and named, provoking a sensitive intelligence on the part of the reading instance. Her work then becomes an archive of life experiences where you can reflect on oblivion, illness, pain and death,” the jury highlighted in its ruling, announced today at a press conference in Guadalajara.
Coral Bracho's poetry—writes Mexican author Verónica Murguía in the prologue of Material de lectura 220 (UNAM, 2021)— "is one that not only discovers the beauty of the small things or the difficult to explain, but also creates beauty in the act of naming. In few poets as in Bracho the form is the substance and vice versa: each word is placed with exceptional deliberation and instinct. The need for beauty is added to that of precision. A poet of the landscape, of eternity contained in a second, of light and love, Bracho is able to transform the description of a wasp flying over the water into a beautiful print that tries to reveal the multiplicity of time.”
Coral Bracho has been a member of the National System of Art Creators of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts and a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation in New York. She has received, among others, the Aguascalientes National Poetry Prize 1981, the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize 2003, the Jaime Sabines-Gatien Lapointe International Poetry Prize 2011, the Zacatecas International Poetry Prize 2011, the Víctor Sandoval Latin World Poetry Prize 2016 and the Sinaloa National Literature Prize 2017.
The FIL Literary Award in Romance Languages is organized by the University of Guadalajara, the government of the State of Jalisco, the governments of Guadalajara and Zapopan, Bancomext, Arca Continental, University of Guadalajara Foundation and Fibra Educa. This year, 59 proposals were received from 22 countries, in which 49 writers and seven languages were represented: Catalan, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and Galician. The applications were registered by cultural and educational institutions, literary associations, publishing houses and the members of the jury themselves. Authors such as Nélida Piñón, António Lobo Antunes, Yves Bonnefoy, Claudio Magris, Norman Manea, Lídia Jorge, Diamela Eltit and Mircea Cărtărescu, among other great representatives of contemporary literature, have received this award.
Juries FIL Literatury Award in Romance Languages 2023
Oana Fotache Dubălaru (1973). Romanian academic. She is a professor of literary theory and comparative literature at the University of Bucharest. Her research interests are modern literary theory, theories of realism, history of literary ideas and exile studies. She has published books concerning the history of Romanian literary criticism, on tradition and heritage in literary theory, as well as articles in academic journals and book chapters. Her recent publications include: Dictionary of the Central European Novel in the 20th c., 2022 (coordinated by Adriana Babeți; editor); The Map and the Legend. 22 essays on Mircea Cărtărescu, 2020 (co-edited with Cosmin Ciotloș). She is a member of the scientific councils of the journals Romània Orientale (Italy), Dacoromania litteraria (Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca) and Annals of the University of Bucharest - Philology series.
Michi Strausfeld (1945). German editor and philologist (1945). She received her doctorate with a thesis on Gabriel García Márquez and the new Latin American novel (1975). She is the author of the book Mariposas amarillas y los señores dictadores. América Latina narra su historia (2021, Editorial Debate) and Un nuevo mundo de sabores. Las exuberantes cocinas de México, Perú y Brasil (Siruela, 2022). In Germany, she has been responsible for the publication of works by Octavio Paz, Mario Vargas Llosa, Isabel Allende, Julio Cortázar, Juan Carlos Onetti, Alejo Carpentier, Tomás Eloy Martínez ... She has received the Order of Isabella the Catholic for her work to disseminate Spanish literature in Germany (2009), the Medal for the Merits of Friendship and Research of the Ibero-American Institute of Berlin (2009) and the Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X the Wise for the dissemination of children's and youth literature in Spain (2015 ).
Ignacio Sánchez Prado (1979). He holds the Jarvis Thurston and Mona van Duyn Regent's Chair in humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a full-time professor-researcher in the Latin American studies and romance languages and literatures programs. He is the author of seven books and editor of fifteen. Among the most recent ones are Strategic Occidentalism. On Mexican Fiction, the Neoliberal Book Market and the Question of World Literature in Mexican Literature as World Literature. He has collaborated in media channels, both in Mexico and the United States, such as The Washington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, El Universal, among others. He was the 2021 holder of the Kluge Chair of Countries and Cultures of the Global South at the Library of Congress of the United States.
Vittoria Borsò (1947). Emeritus Professor of Spanish, French and Italian philology at the University of Düsseldorf. Member of the evaluation committee of the German Research Council (2012-2016) for the literatures of Europe and the Americas. She is currently a member of the steering committee of UC Intercampus Research- Group on Mexican and Cultural studies and from the Scientific Advisory Board of the Center for Advanced Latin American Studies. She has published numerous books and essays on Mexican, Spanish, Italian and French literature; and on inter-American and transatlantic literary relations. She is currently carryin gout research on biopolitics and poetics of life, as well as ecological practices in Latin American literatures and cultures, with particular emphasis on Mexico.
Sandra Ozzola Ferri (1949). Editor, President and co-founder of Edizioni E/O (Italy), Europa Editions US and Europa Editions UK. Born in northern Italy in 1949, Sandra Ozzola studied languages and literature during high school and university, where she specialized in Slavic languages. She moved to Rome in 1969 to continue her studies. In 1979, along with Sandro Ferri, she founded the publishing house Edizioni E/O in Rome, where she is currently editorial director and manager. In 2005, she and Sandro Ferri founded Europa Editions in the United States, and in 2011 in the United Kingdom.
Antonio Sáez Delgado (1970). Professor at the University of Évora, specialist in comparative Iberian literatures. He has given lectures and courses as a guest professor at universities in more than a dozen countries. He is a regular contributor to Babelia, culture supplement of the daily El País. He has been editorial director of the Portuguese label Minotauro, belonging to Edições 70 (Almedina Publishing Group), dedicated to contemporary Spanish narrative, and is currently director of the collection of Portuguese authors of the Spanish publishing house La Umbría y la Solana. He is the director of Suroeste, revista de literaturas ibéricas. He is a translator from Portuguese and in 2008 he received the Giovanni Pontiero Prize, as well as the Eduardo Lourenço Prize in 2014, awarded by the Center for Iberian Studies (University of Coimbra and University of Salamanca).
Javier Guerrero (1975). Associate professor of Latin American studies at Princeton University. His publications include the books Tecnologías del cuerpo. Exhibicionismo y visualidad en América Latina (2014), Relatos enfermos (2015), Excesos de Cuerpo. Ficciones de contagio y enfermedad en América Latina (2009, 2012; along with Nathalie Bouzaglo), Escribir después de morir. El archivo y el más allá (2022) and the novel Balnearios de Etiopia (2010). He is also the author of the anthology of essays by Diamela Eltit entitled A máquina Pinochet e outros ensaios (2017, along with Pedro Meira Monteiro) and of the filmmaker's notebook Mauricio Walerstein (2002). Guerrero holds a PhD in Latin American studies from New York University and is currently working on two new books: La impertinencia de los ojos: oscuridad opacidad, ceguera and Synthetic Skin: On Dolls and Miniature Cultures.
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