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King of Spain pays tribute to rebellious Mexican author Elena Poniatowska on The Book Day

King of Spain pays tribute to rebellious Mexican author Elena Poniatowska on The Book Day
Isabel del Rio

King of Spain pays tribute to rebellious Mexican author Elena Poniatowska on The Book Day.

King of Spain pays tribute to rebellious Mexican author Elena Poniatowska on The Book Day

Mexican author Elena Poniatowska

The auditorium of the University of Alcala de Henares (Madrid, Spain) hosted this morning (April 23 2014, The Book Day) the ceremony of Cervantes Awards 2013. The event started at 12.00 am and was chaired by the Kings of Spain, who were absent in the previous two editions for health reasons.

The king of Spain paid tribute to Elena Poniatowska’s rebellious literature and commitment to the poor and women, especially women suffering in the Third World.
A great event for a great day, The Book Day. Congratulations!

In her speech, Elena Poniatowska noted that only 4 women have received this award in 37 years of the prize history, and has had nice words for the recently deceased Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the destitute women of Latin America.

Elena Poniatowska was dressed in red (some call her the Red Princess), with a typical dress of Mexico and was accompanied by her family.

Remember that her most celebrated work, La noche de Tlatelolco (The Tlatelolco night; Massacre in Mexico) is a crude testimony of the repression against students on October 2 1968, a date etched in blood in Mexico history.

“No, imagine. How nice. There should be more women willing to tell things. There is still a lot to be told.” Elena Poniatowska used to say knowing that she is an icon for young Mexican people.

Her major works include La noche de Tlatelolco (Massacre in Mexico) (1971), Fuerte es el silencio (Strong is Silence) (1975) and Nada nadie. Las voces del temblor (Nothing No one: The Voices of the Earthquake) (1988).

She is considered to be “Mexico’s grande dame of letters” and is still an active writer.

Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you!

View Comments (1)
  • Dewey Edward Chester

    Dear Isabel,
    I am so proud of Elena, and the focus of her work. And to think she is finally celebrated for bravery in print; what a marvelous recognition, by you.
    Thank you for bringing her to our attention.

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