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Argentine writer Luisa Valenzuela receives Leon de Greiff Prize in Medellín

The Argentine writer Luisa Valenzuela received today in the Colombian city of Medellín the Leon Award of Greiff to the literary merit, in the frame of the eleventh version of the Festival of the Book and Culture, as an acknowledgment of his literary career, marked by a "sincere and contested work."

Medellín (Colombia), Sep 14 (EFE) .- The Argentine writer Luisa Valenzuela received in the Colombian city of Medellín the Leon de Greiff Prize to the literary merit, within the framework of the eleventh version of the Festival of the Book and the Culture, as an acknowledgment to his literary trajectory, marked by a "sincere and contestatory work."

"I received this award with happiness and surprise, I do not know how I came to this or who nominated me; to Efe Valenzuela.

In the second installment of this award, which recognizes the work of Ibero-American authors with Spanish-language production, the jury opted for the 78-year- Valenzuela, who at the ceremony made reflections on the "afterlife" and the origin of the stories, received a number of books, including novels, short stories, short stories and essays. a stimulus of 30 million pesos as part of the award given by the EAFIT University, the Mayor of Medellín and the Argos Group with its subsidiaries Celsia and Argos.

Among his works, translated into several languages, stand out "You have to smile", "The effective cat", "Novela negra con argentinos" and "La Travesía".

Argentina, after declaring that this "is the best I have received in my life, "he said that as Leon de Greiff was a" man of so much humor and so special, "allowed himself to" have fun and not get excited "during the delivery of this distinction.

Jorge Volpi, the author of novels such as "En busca de Klingsorlo" and "La tejedora de sombras", who was accompanied by the Colombian writers Santiago Gamboa and Octavio Escobar, in addition to Claudia Ivonne Giraldo and Clemencia Ardila, members of EAFIT.

As Escobar explained, the author was unanimously chosen for the qualities of a great work variety, ethically committed, would answer and with writings that question the reality.

Valenzuela adds this award given in Colombia to other awards such as the Grand Prix of Honor of the SADE, the Doctorate "Honoris Causa" of the University of Knox and the National University of San Martín, the Machado de Assís Medal of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, the Prize Astralba of the University of Puerto Rico and the Esteban Echeverría prize of the Gente de Letras Association.

The León de Greiff Prize was born in 2015 in honor of the greatest poet in Medellín, during the Festival of the Book and the Culture, event in which also it was established that in the even years the distinction will be given to a poet, whereas in the odd ones the recognition will be for a narrator.

In 2016, the winner was the Venezuelan poet Juan Calzadilla, author of more than 15 poems, among which stand out "Dictado por la jau", "Noticias del alud" and "Malos Modales. "

The Medellin Book and Culture Festival, which began last Sunday and will conclude on September 17, has Brazil, with a delegation of 100 people and a bookstore of 8,000 volumes, as a guest of honor.

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