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Writer Maria Cecilia Barbetta, awarded in Germany

Argentine writer María Cecilia Barbetta received the Chamisso/Hellerau award for her novel Lights of the Night.

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María Cecilia Barbetta

When we are far from our land, Argentines usually leave our mark.  Maria Cecilia Barbetta  was born in Buenos Aires in 1972. but in 1996 she decided to try other directions dazzled by a culture quite different from ours: the German  one. That's how he left for  Berlin  and began to work his profession from another angle. Cecilia is a writer, but does not write in Spanish: she writes in  German .

Recently, he received the  Chamisso/Hellerau award in the German city of Dresden for his novel   Night Lights (Nachtleuchten) . This was defined by the jury as “extraordinarily expressive and witty.”

According to the jury, composed of five literary critics,  Barbetta  described “with all the elegance of the German language, the hopes and fears of humble people” on the eve of the military coup in  Buenos Aires. 

While the novel is inspired by events that took place in  Argentina , the descriptions of the inhabitants and their neighborhoods are inspired by the place where the writer currently resides:  Berlin .

The  Chamisso Award  was awarded until 2017 by the Robert Bosch Foundation. He was in honor of the French poet Adelbert von Chamisso (1781-1838).  Chamisso/Hellerau , for its part, was created to distinguish the extraordinary contributions to current literature by authors who give new literary responses to the transformations of the globalized world from a personal change of language or culture.

Publication Date: 02/06/2019

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