Herralde award to Àlvaro Enrigue

A piece of news published on November 4. This year’s Herralde Novel Award goes to the Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue for Muerte súbita [Sudden death]. 476 novels written in Spanish competed for this prize endowed with 18,000 EUR.

The winning piece is about an imaginary tennis match between Caravaggio and Quevedo played in 1599 that confronts two different world views: the Vatican orthodoxy and a laxer vision that represents modernity in an embrionic state. Tennis is used as a pretext to talk about a world that finally had become round as a ball and as a metaphor for the transit from the 16th to the 17th century that needed a tie break through “sudden death”.

Too brainy for this blogger.

 

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