October 28, 2010

Reading list: Rómulo Gallegos Prize winners


The "Premio internacional de novela Rómulo Gallegos" is a bi-annual book prize awarded by the Venezuelan government to "perpetuate and honor the work of the eminent novelist [Rómulo Gallegos] and also to stimulate the creative activity of Spanish language writers." It was named after the Venezuelan statesman and novelist.

The first recipient of the prize, awarded in 1967, was Mario Vargas Llosa.

Here’s the complete list of previous winners. Only half were so far translated into English.






• 1967: La casa verde, by Mario Vargas Llosa of Peru (English translation by Gregory Rabassa: The Green House)

• 1972: Cien años de soledad, by Gabriel García Márquez of Colombia (English translation by Gregory Rabassa: One Hundred Years of Solitude)

• 1977: Terra nostra, by Carlos Fuentes of Mexico (English translation by Margaret Sayers Peden: Terra Nostra)

• 1982: Palinuro de México, by Fernando del Paso of Mexico (English translation by Elisabeth Plaister: Palinuro of Mexico)

• 1987: Los perros del paraíso, by Abel Posse of Argentina (English translation by Margaret Sayers Peden: The Dogs of Paradise)

• 1989: La casa de las dos palmas, by Manuel Mejía Vallejo of Colombia

• 1991: La visita en el tiempo, by Arturo Uslar Pietri of Venezuela

• 1993: Santo oficio de la memoria, by Mempo Giardinelli of Argentina

• 1995: Mañana en la batalla piensa en mí, by Javier Marías of Spain (English translation by Margaret Jull Costa: Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me)

• 1997: Mal de amores, by Ángeles Mastretta of Mexico (English translation by Margaret Sayers Peden: Lovesick)

• 1999: Los detectives salvajes, by Roberto Bolaño of Chile (English translation by Natasha Wimmer: The Savage Detectives)

• 2001: El viaje vertical, by Enrique Vila-Matas of Spain

• 2003: El desbarrancadero, by Fernando Vallejo of Colombia

• 2005: El vano ayer, by Isaac Rosa of Spain

• 2007: El tren pasa primero, by Elena Poniatowska of Mexico

• 2009: El País de la Canela, by William Ospina of Colombia

• 2011: Blanco nocturno, by Ricardo Piglia of Argentina

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