MADRID – The Mexican novelist, editor and professor Hernan Lara Zavala has been awarded the 2010 Royal Academy of the Spanish Language prize for “Peninsula, Peninsula,” a novel about the Caste War of the Yucatan, the institution said in a communique.
The work, published by Alfaguara in 2008, recounts the long, bloody conflict that went on for more than half a century (1847 – 1901) on the Yucatan Peninsula pitting native Mayas on the one side against whites of European descent and people of mixed race on the other.
Lara Zavala will receive the award, accompanied by a 25,000-euro ($34,950) cash prize and a commemorative medal, at an event celebrating the Day of the Pro Royal Academy of the Spanish Language Foundation on a date yet to be announced.
The novel “Peninsula, Peninsula” was honored in 2009 with the Elena Poniatowska Ibero-American Prize by the unanimous decision of the jury.
And in April 2008, writer Carlos Fuentes praised the quality and value of this work in his article “The Yucatan of Lara Zavala” published in Mexico’s daily Reforma, an article that won the Gonzalez-Ruano Prize for Journalism in 2009.