Fernanda Trías wins the Sor Juana Prize for a work that anticipated the pandemic

The Uruguayan writer and translator Fernanda Trias (Montevideo, 1976), an active writer for two decades and author of books such as “La azotea” (2001), “La ciudad invvencible” (2014) and “No soñarás flores” (2016), was announced this Monday morning. as winner of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Literature Prize 2021 for the novel “Mugre rosa” (Random House Literature, 2020), the narration of a pandemic and its pitfalls, such as the limits of life as we knew it, the relationships that fade and death, written, however, before the health crisis that has plagued the world for more than a year and a half.

Said award will be delivered to the Uruguayan author, but residing in Bogotá, on December 1 within the framework of the 35th edition of the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL Guadalajara).

The minutes of the jury made up of Ave Barrera, Andrea Jeftanovic and Eduardo Antonio Parra highlights from “Pink Mugre” a precise and elegant prose “capable of bravely looking into the void, but also tenderly dealing with the central themes of the definition of the human as illness, uncertainty, empathy and pain ”.

With language refined, expands the document, Trías’s novel accounts for a world threatened by the extinction of nature and develops rarefied atmospheres and disturbing images, no longer so alien to daily life in recent months.

In this story of desolation caused by a rare disease, a woman tries to decipher an environment that, although it seemed as solid as possible, has begun to crumble at the same time that it reveals the fragility of human relationships. The work was completed three months before the spread of Covid-19.

After announcing the failure of this recognition, which is given year after year to a work written by women, Fernanda Trías declared that female feathers in Latin America They are in a good moment and “very powerful things are being written” with high literary quality.

That his work has been written in anticipation of a health crisis scenario from which no one is exempt now, for various reasons a impasse that it could be anticipated at least partially by human predation, Trías said is proof of “how anticipatory fiction can be on many occasions.”

In this way, Fernanda Trías becomes the second Uruguayan (the first, Claudia Amengual for “From the Ashes”) to join the select list of almost 30 women who have won the Sor Juana. It is preceded by Argentinian Camila Sosa Villada, for “Las malas” in 2020; María Gainza, for “La luz negra”, in 2019, and the Spanish Clara Usón, for “El asesino timido”, a year earlier.

Also on the winning list are authors such as Elena Garro, for “Busca mi esquela”, in 1996; Silvia Molina, for “The love you swore to me”, in 1998; Cristina Rivera Garza, for “No one will see me cry”, in 2001; Margo Glantz, for “El rastro”, in 2003; Gioconda Beli, for “Infinity in the palm of the hand”, in 2003; Almudena Grandes, for “Inés and joy”, in 2001, as well as Ana García Bergua, for “La bomba de San José”, in 2013, among others.


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