Havana, Aug 27 – Cuban writer Nara Mansur won the 12th Julio Cortazar Ibero-American Short Story Award, to which nearly 600 works were submitted, it was learned here.
Mansur’s short story “¿Por Qué Hablamos de Amor Siempre?” (Why Do We Always Talk about Love) traps readers in a world of disturbing questions, said Cuban author Jorge Fornet, one of the members of the jury, along with Norberto Codina, from Venezuela, and Rodolfo Hamawi, from Argentina.
Cuban authors Lourdes Gonzalez, Argenis Osorio and Alberto Garrandes, and Argentine writers Marina Porcelli and Oliverio Coelho were granted mentions in this edition of the contest, to which nearly 600 works from 24 countries were submitted, according to the contest’s coordinator, Argentine writer Basilia Papastamatiu.
Twelve years ago, Lithuanian publisher Ugne Karvelis, Cortazar’s partner, promoted the creation of the award, which is granted on August 26 to commemorate the birthday of this great author.
Although Julio Cortazar (1914-1984) is considered a master of short stories, his novel “Rayuela” (Hopscotch) had a great impact on Hispanic-American literature, because it changed the temporary forms to conceive and tell a story.
Source: Prensa Latina