Madrid – Marcos Giralt Torrente was awarded Spain's National Narrative Prize for his novel "Tiempo de Vida" (Time of Life), a work in which the author reflects on his past, his identity and his relationship with his late father, painter Juan Giralt.
The award, accompanied by a cash prize of 20,000 euros ($26,900), was created by Spain's Culture Ministry to recognize the best narrative work published in Spain in Spanish or any of the country's three co-official languages: Catalan, Basque and Galician.
"Tiempo de Vida," Giralt Torrente told Efe after learning of the award, "is a very special book, because it is autobiographical and is born of a painful experience, my reuniting with my father" who died in 2007.
"But it is also special because one always has that uncertainty about how readers will respond, and in this case the response has been very good, proportional to the pain and effort it took to write it," the author said.
Marcos Giralt Torrente began his literary career with the book of short stories "Entiendame" (Understand Me). His later volume "El Final del Amor" (The End of Love) in 2011 was awarded the Ribera del Duero International Short Story Prize.
He also wrote the short novel "Nada Sucede Solo" (Nothing Happens By Itself), winner of the Modest Furest i Roca Prize, and of the novels "Paris," honored with the Herralde Prize for the Novel, and "Los Seres Felices" (The Happy Ones).