La Vanguardia informed today that Ginés Sánchez (Murcia, 1967) has won the 2013 Tusquets Novel Prize for Los gatos pardos [The brown cats]. The work narrates the lives of three characters – the novel’s three voices – that coincide in a Saint John’s celebration [beginning of summer, night before June 24]. According to the author, “the characters that are either white or black are things of the past, today we all have greys and nuances.” Jury member Almuda Grandes commented that “the work paints a somber landscape where now and then appears a ray of light.” For his earlier novel, Lobisón, Sánchez was named Nuevo Talento FNAC [FNAC New Talent]. The Tusquets prize is endowed with 20.000 EUR; the 2012 one went to the Argentinian author Betina González for Las poseídas [The possessed] (Wikipedia article).
Tusquets, the publisher had this information on the novel (roughly translated):
The jury wants to value the narrative vigour of three convincing stories that crosslink in one summer night, explained with a growing credibility and dizziness, and that talk, in the middle of gangs, settling of scores, feasts and risky bets, about the craving of a young female adolescent to stop being one and to move away from her mother’s example.
And this piece of information on the author:
The author studied law and worked as a lawyer for ten years before, since 2003, moving to different places in Europe and South America and working in very different jobs: as a receptionist at a hotel in the Aeolian Islands, as a waiter in Dublin, as a newspaper roundsman, a door-by-door art salesman, as a tourist guide in Havanna, or as the responsable of a project to save marine turtles in Costa Rica.
According to the Wikipedia article, the Tusquets prize for a novel written in Spanish has been offered since 2005, though in two years since then it was not awarded, probably due to a lack of quality of the entered manuscripts. The winning work will be published simultaneously in Spain, Mexico, and Argentina.