CERVANTES PRIZE
SERGIO PITOL RECEIVES THE CERVANTES PRIZE BY HIS "REFLECTIONS ON THE ART TO WRITE”

The King of Spain gave the last Friday to Sergio Pitol the Cervantes Prize by his "reflections on the art to write".

Author of titles like El tañido de una flauta, El Vals de Mefisto, El arte de la fuga oR Pasión por la trama, the mexican author Pitol of 73 years has remembered how just to know last December the new that he had been awarded with the maximum award of the Spanish wirters, his house of Xalapa (Mexico) got full of friends and relatives. "From that day, I have remembered unforseeably phases of my life, ones radiating and other ones atrocious", but always returning to his childhood.

His childhood is indeed one of the pillars of his work, since it marked deeply to be orphan when he four years old was. Because of that he had to be brought up by his grandmother. In addition, he suffered malaria during six years of his childhood, which forced him to stay in bed, becoming a great reader. Supported in this hobby by his grandmother, who was also an enthusiastic of the books, when he was 12 years old, he had read already writers like Verne, Stevenson, Dickens and Tolstoi.

On the other hand, the spanish King Juan Carlos has praised of Pitol his "clear literary trajectory which enriches the value of our common language" and his work that "it seduces to us with the truth". The King emphasized also that the prize Cervantes 2005, that coincided with the Fourth Centenary of the Quijote, has dedicated to a man of deep letters "of Cervantine dimension" and "advanced to his time". In summary, "a real model" for the new generations of writers, a teacher who, nevertheless, "has not tried to do a minimum teaching".