Claudia Piñeiro wins the Dashiell Hammett prize of the Black Week of Gijón

The Argentine writer Claudia Piñeiro.

The Argentine writer Claudia Piñeiro.

The Argentine writer Claudia Piñeiro has been awarded this Friday in the XXXIV edition of the Black Week of Gijón with the Dashiell Hammett thriller award for his work ‘Cathedrals’, a story that condemns the pressures of religion and family on women.

The author, who competed for the award with Lorenzo Silva, Elia Barceló, Alberto Gil and Marta Sanz, has dedicated the award “to women around the world who struggle to be equal to the rest of the people on the planet.”

The jury, made up of Berna González Harbor, Marta Barrio, Mariano Sánchez Soler, Miguel Barrero and Jesús Palacios, has unanimously decided to grant the award to ‘Cathedrals’ considering it “a non-canonical crime novel in which each character contributes their version to the construction of history ”. She has highlighted “the variety of stylistic resources and the deep knowledge of the human condition” that the author has used in a plot “of contradictions and gray areas that reflect the reality of life”.

‘Cathedrals’ tells the story of afCatholic amilia who is faced with the search for answers about a girl’s never solved crime, Ana, whose dismembered body was found 30 years earlier.

After receiving the award, Piñeiro said that the character of the murdered girl “can be anyone anywhere in the world” and has launched an “alarm signal” before the speeches of political sectors that seek to decriminalize abuse of women and the abortion in countries where the law condemns them.

The Catalan journalist and writer Enric Juliana has, for his part, obtained the Rodolfo Walsh award for non-fiction with ‘We have not come to study here’, in which he makes a counterpoint between the Spain of the sixties of the last century and the current moment. Juliana’s work goes back to the mining strikes and the Burgos process to explain the process of changes that Spain was going through at those times when the fall of the Franco regime was foreseen to suggest a parallel with the current situation in the face of the energy transition.

The jury, made up of Marifé Antuña, José Luis Argüelles, Pablo Batalla and Pepe Gálvez also highlighted the courage of the work ‘PornoXplitación’ by Mabel Lozano and Pablo Conellie, and the literary beauty of ‘Sons of coal’ from the Leonese Noemí Sabugal, who were also competing for this award.

The Espartaco Prize for Historical Novel has been for ‘The Cook and the Oyster’, a work on the reign of Louis XV from the perspective of gastronomy, by the writer Lucía Núñez García.

Starring Diego de Hurtado, chef de cuisine and adventurer, Núñez’s novel constitutes a ironic and grotesque tale that revolves around the lie and confronts the world of enlightened rationalism with the passionate character of a young cook. The plot develops from the order that the famous cook receives to spy on the king’s meeting with his new mistress Catherine de Beaupré in a castle near Poitiers away from the crowds of Versailles

Also, the writer Ana Llurba has won the Celsius Prize for Science Fiction and Fantasy for ‘Family Constellations’, a compendium of thirteen stories in which friendship, the exploration of sexuality and adolescent rituals coexist with the experiences of adults such as motherhood and couple crises

Miguel Ángel Oeste has obtained the Silverio Cañada Memorial award to the first crime novel with ‘Arena’, a play set on a beach in Malaga, during a hot summer whose brightness contrasts with the sadness of the young protagonist, Bruno.


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