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Sergio Ramírez says that the Cervantes Prize is a "second air" for his literature

Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez said today that obtaining the 2017 Cervantes Prize represents "a second wind" in his literary career and, far from being content, forces him to continue writing with the same quality.

Guadalajara (Mexico), Nov 25 (EFE) .- The Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez said today that winning the 2017 Cervantes Prize represents "a second wind" in his literary career and that, far away to conform, forces him to continue writing with the same quality.

"I see it as a tailwind or a second air, I receive a second air to move forward because in writing not there is a third age, "said the narrator and journalist at a press conference at the International Book Fair (FIL) of Guadalajara, which began this Saturday in this western city of Mexico.

For his work that "reflects the liveliness of everyday life turning reality into a work of art, with exceptional literary height and plurality of genres", according to the minutes of the jury, Ramírez won the Cervantes Prize, the highest award in Spanish language, which will be delivered next April.

The author affirmed that writing in Spanish is a privilege, because "each language has its destiny" and that of this language is to be "the great literary language".

"I am happy to be able to write for such a vast language and be able to be read in Chicago, San Antonio, Los Angeles the same as in Tierra del Fuego or in Havana. For the first time, a writer from Central America, whom Ramírez described as "a literary region."

The author of "Margarita, linda la mar" (1998) said that this distinction will help "upload to the pedestal the young writers" Central Americans "so that they can look out to the world, be seen by the world and be published."

He assured that he trusts in the new generation of the Central American writers, a "promising" litter of young people born in the eighties, a decade characterized by civil war in countries like Nicaragua or El Salvador. Salvador.

"They are our millennial writers today and can contemplate from the position that life has given them what their parents did and what their parents fought for in Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua critically and without prejudice, "he said.

The poet, who served as vice president of Nicaragua (1985-1990) considered literature Latin American is nourished by the abnormalities and the "terrible" reality that happens in the countries of a continent full of inequalities.

"The abnormalities that we live are so visible, so terrible, that we live from the terrible, "said Ramírez, adding that as a citizen he aspires" to institutional normality, to democratic life and to countries without corruption ", but as Narrator would miss this condition.

Ramirez said that his literature is committed to the quality of the texts but also not to shut up what happens around him, due to the influence exerted on him by writers such as José Saramago and Carlos Fuentes.

Ramírez visits the FIL to present his most recent book "Nobody cries for me" and assured that his 75 years is not afraid to face the blank page and enjoy the process of creating and inventing.

"If one self-censorship impoverishes literature, if one enters literature with the willingness to cut oneself the language, better not to write. He advanced that he will address the relationship between Miguel de Cervantes and Rubén Darío and that "surely" he will remember the writers of the generation of the Latin American boom, to which he feels very close and whose top representatives as Julio Cortázar, Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel García Márquez met "first as writers and then as friends."

From November 25 to 3 On December, FIL will gather more than 700 writers from 41 countries representing 20 languages ​​in hundreds of activities that seek to attract 800,000 attendees.

In addition, 20,000 will participate book professionals and 2,000 publishing houses that will display 400,000 titles from 47 countries in a space of 34,000 square meters.

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