French writer Emmanuel Carrère wins Spain’s first literature prize

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French author Emmanuel Carrere, popular for his non-fiction books in a high literary vein, received the Spanish Princess of Asturias Prize for Literature this year.

The award is one of eight prestigious awards given out by the foundation named after the heiress to the Spanish throne, Princess Leonor.

Its jury said on Wednesday that Carrère, 63, was chosen from 33 applicants from 20 countries because of the ability of his works to straddle fact and fiction.

Starting with his
The adversary in 2000, about the murderer Jean-Claude Romand, Carrère abandoned a previous career in fiction and began to write stories about his own experience or the lives of others.

“His books help unmask the human condition and relentlessly dissect reality,” the prize jury said in a statement. He added that in doing so, “Carrère paints an incisive portrait of today’s society.”

The author has also worked as a screenwriter and director of films and documentaries, notably in collaboration with the German filmmaker Werner Herzog. Carrere was also a jury member at the Cannes and Venice film festivals.

The €50,000 prize is awarded each year in a lavish ceremony, normally in October, by the Princess of Asturias Foundation, chaired by Princess Leonor’s father, King Felipe VI.

The eight prizes cover different disciplines, from arts to social sciences or sports.

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