Mexican writer Ana Clavel was announced Tuesday as the winner of the 6th Elena Poniatowska Ibero-American Novel Prize for her work “Las ninfas a veces sonrien.”
Born in 1961 in Mexico City, Clavel is the author of “Fuera de escena” (1984), “Amorosos de atar” (1992) and “Paraisos tremulos” (2002).
Coming with a cash prize of 500,000 pesos ($38,461), the award will be presented on Wednesday during the inauguration of the 13th Mexico City Book Fair, by capital Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera and municipal Culture Secretary Lucia Garcia Noriega y Nieto.
A panel of judges comprised of Cristina Rivera Garza, Anamari Gomis and Julian Herbert - last year’s recipient - selected Clavel’s novel from among the 94 entries.
The book’s plot allows readers to immerse themselves “in the world of a joyful sexuality, experienced through the senses of Ada, a girl, teenager and later woman, who tells of the discovery and development of her sensuality.”
The storyline tells what happens to Ada but it blends her story with “mythical elements such as nymphs, princesses, satyrs, newts, fairies and other fantastic beings,” the Mexico City government said in a statement.
Established in 2007, the prize was created in honor of acclaimed author, journalist and social activist Elena Poniatowska, a naturalized Mexican who was born on May 19, 1932, in Paris.