Eugenia has triumphed in Italy and was defined by Luis Sepulveda as one of the most original voices of the Spanish narrative.
The Festival will present together with Eugenia Rico literature giants such as Wole Soyinka, the first African to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Japanese Furokawa Hideo, the French Yasmina Reza and the English Ian McEwan, author of “Atonement”.
The Festival will be opened at the Goldoni Theater with the Bauer Ca Foscari Awards granted to Ian Mac Ewan and Eugenia Rico.
Eugenia Rico, who thus becomes the first Spanish writer to receive this award of great international prestige, is the author of the novel “The Lovers” defined as a small masterpiece by the Italian press.
Rico will be the protagonist of one of the meetings with the author on April 7 at the Querini Stampalia Foundation.
On that occasion Eugenia Rico will tell us about her “adoption” by Italy and her new genre of novels defined as “interactive” or “European”.
Eugenia Rico, born in Oviedo in 1972, has been living for some years in Italy with her husband and daughter. She has been considered as one of the best and most innovative writers in Spanish language in recent years.
She has received numerous awards including the Azorin Prize, the Primavera Prize, the Ateneo de Sevilla Prize, the Llanes Prize and the Valle-Inclán Scholarship from the Royal Spanish Academy in Rome.
Rico was the first Spanish writer to be chosen as writer in residence by the famous “Iowa Writer’s Workshop” and her short story “Waste”, published in California was a finalist for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in the United States.
Her work has also been acclaimed in Germany where Daniel Kehlmann has defined her as “one of the most important voices of contemporary Spanish literature”.
Among her novels we will highlight “Although we are cursed”, “The kangaroo’s kiss” and “The white death.”
Recently Eugenia was named one of the Creators of the Future: Women who have made a difference in the world of art and culture by the Fondaco dei Tedeshi.