“I take it as a recognition, if not of the quality of my work, then at least of the effort and dedication that I have devoted to writing throughout my life,” said Ms. Matute.
Matute is ranked as one of the country's top post-Spanish Civil War writers, with her work often centering on many aspects of the 1936-39 conflict. Her best known works include SCHOOL OF THE SUN and SOLDIERS CRY BY NIGHT.
King Juan Carlos will present Ms. Matute with the award, which comes with a US$167,000 prize, on April 23, 2011, the anniversary of the death of Cervantes, in Alcala de Henares, Cervantes’ birthplace. Last year's winner was Mexican writer Jose Emilio Pacheco.♦