Crítica Serra d’Or Prizes

On April 30, it was the turn of the publishing house of  Montserrat Abbey (close to Barcelona) and their (high) culture magazine Serra d’Or [literally “Golden Saw”, as in “Sawn Mountain” (=Montserrat)] to award a total of 14 prizes in a wide range of categories.

Especially worth mentioning is the life-time achievement award in the category of children’s literature that went to the author Joana Raspall (Barcelona, 1913 (sic!)) who attended personally to receive it. A short bio in English is here, the Catalan Wikipedia article here.

The prize for best novel in 2012 went to  Josefa Contijoch (Manlleu, 1940) for Sense Alè [Breathless], a book with autobiographical influences that remembers the 1960s and 1970s,  and that already won the Ciutat de Barcelona [City of Barcelona] prize and has made it on the short-list for the Crexells prize.

The prize for best work of poetry went to the painter and poet Narcís Comadira (Girona, 1942) for Lent [Slow].

The prize for best translation of 2012 went to Jaume Bosquet and Miquel Àngel Llauger for the Catalan version of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology (1915).

A full list of all prizes and the winners can be found in an article published by the daily El Punt Avui here.


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