Richard Ford has won this year Fundacion Princesa de Asturias award on Wednesday 15th June 2016. Set up in 1981, this is the most important literary prize in Spain and is regarded as the Spanish equivalent to the Nobel prize. The judges have declared: “The careful attention to detail in his descriptions and his somber, dense gaze at the daily lives of anonymous, invisible people meld with the desolation and emotions emanating from his stories. (…) All this makes Ford a profoundly contemporary narrator, as well as the great chronicler of the mosaic of interwoven tales that is American society.”
Richard Ford has commented: “Needless to say I’m immensely grateful and honoured to win the Princess of Asturias Award and not a little surprised. To have readers in Spain has always been a great and generous gift to me, a gift which has come through the loyalty and persistence of my long-time publisher, Anagrama, with whom I share this happy day. Writers write books for readers, and so when one of us is recognized, it’s a good day for all writing and all readers. I thank you.”
The prize is to be awarded in October 2016 in Oviedo.
Richard Ford is translated into 22 languages worldwide.