Chilean Parra Awarded Cervantes Prize

Chilean poet Nicanor Parra has been honoured with the prestigious Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary award.

Spanish minister for culture, Angeles Gonzalez-Sinde, made the announcement in Madrid. 

Parra, now 97, is considered one of the most influential poets in Latin America who uses a combination of colloquial language and old-fashioned verse in Spanish -- his "anti-poetry". The award will be given on April 23 marking the death anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote.

He has previously won Chile's National Literature Award in 1969 and 1981.


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