The Peruvian writer Santiago Roncagliolo (Lima, 1975) has won the ninth edition of the Prize Novel Alfaguara, with his work Abril Rojo. This prize is considered one of the greater prestige with 175,000 dollars (about 148,000 euros) of prize.
The writer Ángeles Mastretta, president of the jury, has announced today in Madrid the winner, chosen between 510 manuscripts, of which 141 corresponds to Spain and 369 to Latin America. Argentina (109), Mexico (79) and Colombia (56) are the Latin American countries that have participated with greater number of originals.
In its previous editions the Prize Alfaguara has been given to the nicaraguan Sergio Ramirez by Margarita, está linda la mar and the cuban Eliseo Alberto by Caracol Beach, both in 1998, with equal merits and equal prize; in 1999, the Spanish Manuel Vicent by Son de Mar; in 2000, the spanish Clara Sánchez by Últimas noticias del paraíso; in 2001, the mexican Elena Poniatowska by La piel del cielo; in 2002, the argentinean Tomás Eloy Martinez by El vuelo de la reina; in 2003, mexican Xavier Velasco by Diablo guardián; in 2004, the colombian Laura Restrepo, by Delirio (recent Prize Grinzane Cavour to the best foreign novel in Italy), and in 2005, the argentineans Graciela Montes and Ema Wolf by El turno del escriba.
From his first edition, distinguished writers have presided the jury of the Prize Alfaguara, like Carlos Fuentes, Eduardo Mendoza, Alfredo Bryce Echenique, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Jorge Semprún, Luis Mateo Díez, José Saramago and Jose Manuel Caballero Bonald.
Santiago Roncagliolo has published the novels Pudor and El príncipe de los caimanes, and the story book Crecer es un oficio triste. His work is going to be translated into four languages and it has inspired films in Spain and Brazil.