Seville, September 16, 2020
The writer Gonzalo Giner has obtained the XXV Fernando Novel Prize Lara with the work "The green mist". The Jury for this Award made the decision public during an award ceremony held at the Casa Guardiola in Seville.
The event was attended by authorities such as Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, president of the Junta de Andalucía; Patricia del Pozo, Minister of Culture of the Junta de Andalucía; Antonio Muñoz, deputy mayor and delegate of the Urban Habitat, Culture and Tourism area of the Seville City Council; Juan Manuel Castro, vice president of the AXA Foundation and José Creuheras, president of Grupo Planeta. In addition, the writer Fernando Delgado attended, as spokesman for the Jury.
The novel is a fast-paced adventure, a moving ecologist plea, a hymn to conservationism and a great love story in the legendary African jungle. In the words of the author, «The green haze It is a novel very different from the ones I have published to date. Its title evokes a natural phenomenon that is only visible in a setting as spectacular as it is unique: the Congo River basin; one of the last green paradises on Earth and the setting for this story starring the young woman, Bineka, whose life I hope will catch you from the first page. "
«With it you will breathe the aromas of the jungle, you will soak up the humid foliage of its landscapes, you will share its unexpected coexistence among chimpanzees, you will hate the greed and nonsense of certain multinationals that are deforesting and destroying that green world, for the profitable production of oil palm or soy, and you will be infected with the incredible dedication and generosity of those that I dare to call the new armies of the planet; the one formed by the cooperators; We will share your hopes, frustrations, challenges and dreams. "
"Thank you very much to the AXA Foundation and Grupo Planeta for their support of culture and to the members of the jury for choosing my novel, whom I especially value for being writers like me," added Gonzalo Giner.
Gonzalo giner achieved great literary success with The horse healer (2008). Veterinarian by profession, with that title he wanted to investigate the beginning of his trade. In his next novel, The horseman of silence (2011), discovered the origins of the creation of the Spanish breed of horses during the sixteenth century. In Loyalty pact (2014), the author took a leap in his literary production: a meticulously documented novel that narrated, for the first time, the participation of dogs in two of the bloodiest wars of the past 20th century, the Spanish Civil War and the Second War world. In 2017 he published The windows of heaven a wonderful historical novel about the creation of Gothic stained glass.
He Jury of this twenty-fifth edition is made up of the writers Fernando thin and Clara Sanchez, the writer and member of the RAE Pere Gimferrer; Ana Maria Ruiz-Tagle, on behalf of the AXA Foundation, the entity that sponsors this literary award, and Emili Rosales, voting secretary.
The Fernando Lara Novel Prize is endowed with one hundred twenty thousand euros and a total of 241 original and unpublished novels from Spain and abroad have been presented to it.