Argentine writer Guillermo Martínez won the Nadal Novel Award 2019 with “Los crimes de Alicia”, a work he presented to the renowned contest under the pseudonym G and the transitional title “The Papers of Guildford”.
“ The Crimes of Alice” narrates what happens in Oxford, in 1994, when the Brotherhood Lewis Carroll decides to publish the author's private newspapers of “Alice in Wonderland”.
Kristen Hill, a young intern, travels to gather the original notebooks and discovers the key to a page that was mysteriously torn off, but fails to reach the Brotherhood meeting with her discovery, a series of crimes is triggered with the apparent purpose of preventing the secret of that page from coming to light.
The verdict of the 75th edition of Nadal was unveiled during the traditional literary evening of the Palace Hotel in Barcelona, Spain, said spokesmen for the Planeta group in Argentina, the label responsible for the edition of several Martinez titles in the country.
The jury consisted of Alicia Giménez Bartlett, Care Santos, Lorenzo Silva, Andrés Trapiello and Emili Rosales.
The titles and finalist authors, presented with a pseudonym, were “La Zapatilla por behind” (Hisak), “Erres” (Tomás Marín), “Monos” (Ariel Crombet) and “Spider Silk” (Antolina by Ortiz Moore).
This edition presented 343 works from around the world that covered an eclectic range of topics: from the social novel, through the nuances of personal or family conflict; police and intrigue; to historical perspective and psychological narrative.
Nadal has distinguished works by Lorenzo Silva, Andrés Trapiello, Francisco Casavella, Maruja Torres, Clara Sanchez, Alicia Gimenez Bartlett, Alvaro Pombo, Sergio Vila-Sanjuán, Carmen Amoraga, José C. Vales, Victor del Árbol, Care Santos and Alejandro Palomas.
Born in Bahía Blanca in 1962, Martínez received a doctorate in Mathematical Sciences and lived for two years in Oxford and in 1982 he won the National Fund for the Arts Prize with the short story book “Infierno grande”.
His first novel, “About Roderer”, was translated into several languages, and then followed “The Teacher's Woman”, the essay “Borges and Mathematics” and “Imperceptible Crimes”, a novel translated into 40 languages and brought to the cinema by Alex de la Iglesia, entitled “The crimes of Oxford”.
In addition, he published “La muerte senta de Luciana B”, “I also had a bisexual bride” and in 2015 won the first Hispano-American Story Prize Gabriel García Márquez with “A Repulsive Happiness”.
His work includes the essay books “The formula of immortality”, “Gödel para Todos” (in collaboration with Gustavo Piñeiro) and “Literary Reason”.
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