Spanish poet and novelist Jose Manuel Caballero Bonald has picked up the most prestigious literary award in the Spanish-speaking world, the 2012 Cervantes Prize.
The 86-year-old writer, Caballero Bonald was awarded with a prize along with a cash award of USD 167,000 for his literary endeavors in writing about the country’s social conditions.
The 2012 Cervantes Prize, regarded as the Spanish-speaking world's equivalent of the Nobel Prize in literature, honored Caballero Bonald for helping "enrich the Hispanic literary legacy,"
He was among the members of the ‘Generation of 1950’, the writers who worked during the repressive reign of Spanish general Francisco Franco from 1939 to 1975.
The jury president Dario Villanueva hailed him as a "teller and creator of stories and master in the use of language.” He also lauded the author for “his strong ties with Latin America.”
Poetry was Caballero Bonald's first calling by which the writer has always created the works that "maintain a presence in our poetic repertoire," Villanueva noted.
Jorge Luis Borges of Argentina, Carlos Fuentes and Octavio Paz of Mexico and Mario Vargas Llosa of Peru are previous winners of the Prize.