Chilean writer Isabel Allende became the first writer in Spanish to receive the Medal of Honor of the National Book Award (United States National Literature Prize), with its contribution to the world of American letters.
"He was the first writer in Spain to receive this award for the first time and the second was not born in the United States," said Mexican writer Luis Alberto Urrea, who was in charge of giving awards, during a ceremony held in New York.
In an emotional speech, Allende, who stressed his situation as a stranger throughout his life, called the award "an unexpected honor" and added that he received it "with humility, on behalf of millions of people like me who came to this country looking for a new life"
"Being rooted chronic has given me some benefits, most of my writing comes from nostalgia, loss and separation, from my incurable desire to be a place, I see Chile and dream, I cook, I make love and I write in Spain, "said the author, who has sold more than 70 million copies of his novel.
In his speech after receiving the award last night, Allende also warned against nationalism, racism, cruelty and bigotry "At a time when values and principles support our civilization under siege."
"We live in dark times, friends, wars in many places and potential wars everywhere," said the author, who has lived 30 years in the United States and identified with "diaspora" people around the world. who are looking for a new life.