Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez was named yesterday the winner of the 2017 Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor.
Ramírez has written more than 20 novels, including “Margarita, está linda la mar” (Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea), which won Spain’s prestigious Alfaguara award in 1998. His work has been widely translated.
He has also received Spain's Dashiel Hammet Award, France's Laure Bataillon Award, Cuba's José María Arguedas Latinamerican Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the José Donoso Prize in 2011. A Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of France, and a doctor honoris causa of Blaise Pascal University (France), he is also recipient of the International Award for Human Rights awarded by the Bruno Kreisky Foundation, and the Order of Merit of the Federal Government of Germany.
An active journalist, Ramirez was deputy vice president of Nicaragua between 1984 and 1990 when he abandoned politics and became a full time writer.
· Ramírez, Sergio