Snippet: St. Joan prize 2014 to Melcior Comes

The 34th Premi BBVA Sant Joan [Saint John’s prize] for Catalan literature, endowed with 35.000 EUR, has been awarded to the writer and teacher Melcior Comes (Sa Pobla, Mallorca, 1980) for his novel Hotel Indira (to be published  this fall by Grup 62). According to the news, the book narrates how a failed writer called Nico returns to Mallorca to work in an old family hotel that is as decaying as his own life and where he falls in love with a married woman. A crazy love story of a night porter during winter, when life on the island becomes desolate; full of errors, mysteries and lies. Narrated against the background of political and economic corruption that also have become characteristic of this major of the Balearic islands.


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