Spanish author Mendoza wins 2016 Cervantes literature prize

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MADRID (AP) — Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza has won the 2016 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor, for bringing a “new narrative style to Spanish fiction.”

Education and Culture Minister Inigo Mendez de Vigo announced the prize Wednesday, saying that beginning with Mendoza’s 1975 novel, “La verdad sobre el caso Savolta” (The Truth about the Savolta Case), the author had reinvented Spanish fiction. He said Mendoza’s books are “full of subtlety and irony.”

Several of Mendoza’s novels have been translated into other languages, including English, and three have been made into movies. He has also written a play and two short story collections.

Another popular Mendoza book was “La ciudad de los prodigios” (City of Marvels), about Barcelona, where he was born in 1943. The novel is about the industrial, social and economic changes the city saw during the…

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