The jury of the Miguel de Cervantes Prize for Literature in the Spanish Language has nominated Rafael Cadenas for the Cervantes Prize 2022. Awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Cervantes Prize is endowed with 125,000 euros.
The Jury’s decision was announced by the Minister of Culture and Sport, Miquel Iceta, accompanied by the Director General for Books and the Promotion of Reading, María José Gálvez, at a ceremony held in the Auditorium of the Ministry of Culture and Sport after the Jury’s meeting. This is the first award-winning author of Venezuelan nationality, which widens the geographical scope of the prize winners.
The jury awarded the prize to Rafael Cadenas for “his vast and extensive literary work” and recognises “the transcendence of a creator who has made poetry a motive for his own existence and has taken it to heights of excellence in our language”. According to the jury, “his work is one of the most important and demonstrates the transforming power of the word when language is pushed to the limit of its creative possibilities”. Cadenas “makes words distil their dazzling essence, placing them in the dual territory of dream and wakefulness and making his poems a profound expression of existence itself and of the universe, also placing them in a dimension that is both mystical and earthly”.