Happening wins Premio de la Crítica de la Novela 2014

Gustavo Valle has again won the Premio de la Crítica de la Novela for his surreal adventure Happening, having been awarded the 2009 prize for Bajo Tierra.

happeningJudges Luis Miguel Isava, Adriana Cabrera and Luis Alfredo Álvarez, chose Happening out of a shortlist of 12 for the prize, run by Ficción Breve and the Fundación de la Cultura Urbana. They announced:

For the coherent execution of its aesthetic project, manifest in the use of narrative techniques ranging from humour, pain, drama, melancholy and reflection, we declare Happening by Gustavo Valle the winning novel. This novel constitutes, in our opinion, a work which, while exploring an existential vein, presents a vision of the world as a thriller in which uncertainty and chance are the critical axes, all of which is held up in the idea of the happening as the central thread [of the novel].

Valle’s novel was also awarded the XIII Premio Anual Transgenérico and was recently republished in Argentina by Autoría Literaria.

The three other finalists were Jinete a pie by Israel Centeno, La ciudad vencida by Yeniter Poler and Los escafandristas by Fedosy Santaella. Read more about them from Ficción Breve.

La escribana del viento by Ana Teresa Torres wins Premio de la Crítica 2013

la escribana del viento

La escribana del viento (Editorial Alfa) by Ana Teresa Torres (Caracas, 1945) is the winner of this year’s Premio de la Crítica de la Novela, organised by Ficción Breve Venezolana, with the support of the Sociedad de Amigos de la Cultura Urbana and Librería Noctua. The judges Violeta Rojo, Álvaro Contreras and Miguel Marcotrigiano chose La escribana del viento from the list of 17 finalists announced in July for being “an historical novel in which the narration of a real event which took place in Caracas in the 17th Century is an analysis of the manipulation and abuse of power”

Read the full report from Ficción Breve.

Nominations for Premio de la Crítica 2013 announced

Premio critica novela 2013The Premio de la Crítica a la Novela for 2013, organised by Ficción Breve Venezolana, announced on 4 July 2014 its 17 contenders. The jury, comprising professors and researchers Violeta Rojo, Miguel Marcotigiano and Álvaro Conteras, will announce the winner, and up to five finalists, in September.

The novels in the running, in alphabetical order, are:
  1. Días de novenario, Inés Muñoz Aguirre, Bruguera
  2. El abismo de los cocuyos, de Mario Amengual, Bid &CO. Editor
  3. El buen esposo, Federico Vegas, editorial Alfa
  4. El hijo de Gengis Khan, Ednodio Quintero, Seix Barral
  5. En sueños matarás, Fedosy Santaella, Alfaguara
  6. Guararé, de Wilmer Poleo Zerpa, Ediciones B
  7. Jezabel, de Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles, Ediciones B
  8. La decisión justa, José Miguel Roig, Oscar Todtmann Editores
  9. La escribana del viento, Ana Teresa Torres, Editorial Alfa
  10. La luna envidiosa, José Miguel Roig, Oscar Todtmann Editores
  11. La víctima perfecta, Mónica Montañés, Ediciones B
  12. Las horas claras, Jacqueline Goldberg, Sociedad de Amigos de la Cultura Urbana
  13. Las topias de la invocación, Leoner ramos Giménez Ediciones B
  14. Óyeme con los ojos, Valentina Saa Carbonell, Ediciones B
  15. Por poco lo logro, de José Manuel Peláez, Ediciones B
  16. Procedencia desconocida, Antonieta Benítez Briceño, Bruguera
  17. Sábanas negras, Sonia Chocrón, Ediciones B

Read the original announcement from Ficción Breve here.

Nominations for Premio de la Crítica 2012 announced

novelas de 2012The Premio de la Crítica a la Novela for 2012, organised by Ficción Breve Venezolana, with the support of the Sociedad de Amigos de la Cultura Urbana and Librería Noctua, announced on 22 June its 15 contenders. The jury, comprising Professors Luis Barrera Linares, Laura Febres and Valmore Muñoz Arteaga will announce the winner, and up to three finalists, in September.

The novels in the running, in alphabetical order, are:
  1. Amantes letales, Eloi Yagüe (Ediciones B)
  2. Aquella mirada tan triste, David Hernández Rodríguez (Fundación Cultural Barinas)
  3. Catalina de Miranda, Xiomary Urbáez (Planeta)
  4. Ciudad abandonada en el fondo de mi corazón, Laura Antillano (Monte Ávila)
  5. El amigo imaginario, Pedro Rángel Mora (Monte Ávila)
  6. El jardín de los pecados, José Domingo Vázquez (Narrativa Co-Bo)
  7. El requetemuerto, José Pulido (Ediciones B)
  8. La casa entre dos soles, Marisa Vannini de Gerulewicz (Narrativa Co-Bo)
  9. Las mujeres de Houdini, Sonia Chocrón (Bruguera)
  10. Liubliana, de Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles (Bruguera)
  11. Los incurables, Fedrico Vegas (Alfa)
  12. Massaua, Arnoldo Rosas (FB Libros)
  13. Misionero del nuevo mundo, Luisa María Celis (Alfa)
  14. Mujer de tiza, Daniel Alberto Linares (Monte Ávila)
  15. Nosotros todos, Manuel Acedo Sucre (Oscar Todtmann Editores)

Read the original announcement from Ficción Breve here.

José Napoleón Oropeza wins 2011 Critics Prize

The 2011 Premio de la Crítica de la Novela, a prize for Venezuelan novelists, judged by Venezuelan literary critics, was awarded to José Napoleón Oropeza for Las Puertas Ocultas (The Hidden Doors), following a unanimous decision by the jury – Alma Clara Áñez, Ángel Gustavo Infante and Carlos Pacheco.

Los miembros del jurado llegaron al veredicto por unanimidad luego de considerar el conjunto de obras novelísticas concurrentes, publicadas durante el año 2011; y seleccionaron la obra de Oropeza “en razón de su sostenida coherencia narrativa, del talante épico del que se reviste la pesquisa literaria que centra su desarrollo, del profundo conocimiento que respalda el tratamiento de temas como la santería, la literatura y la cultura cubana, así como de su convincente performance metaficcional, a través del cual la pasión literaria se imbrica con la intriga política”.

As El Universal reports, the jury also highlighted the consistently high quality of the other works in the competition, particularly the three runners-up: Todas las lunas (All the moons) by Gisela Kozak Rovero, which ties together diverse periods, characters and genres; the highly innovative Valle Zamuro by Camilo Pino; and Rating by Alberto Barrera Tyzska, which focuses on telenovelas, “such a Venezuelan phenomenon” with “grace and intrigue”.

In an interesting recent blog post (in Spanish), author Juan Carlos Chirinos notes that this prize is particularly important as it is one of the rare occasions when Venezuelans acknowledge the worth of their still highly marginalised literary production.