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Venezuelan writer wins Herralde book prize

Alberto Barrera won $22,910 for his ‘La Enfermedad’ (‘The Sickness’).
/ Source: The Associated Press

Venezuelan writer Alberto Barrera was awarded Spain’s Herralde book prize on Monday for his work, “La Enfermedad” (“The Sickness”).

The jury’ decision for the prize, which carries a cash award of $22,910, was unanimous, Anagrama publishing house said.

Cuba’s Teresa Dovalpage’s “Muerte de un Murciano en La Habana” (“Death of a Murcian in Havana”) was runner-up, Anagrama said on its Web site.

Barrera, born in Caracas in 1960, is a TV scriptwriter and a columnist for El Nacional newspaper. His other books include “Tambien El Corazon Es Un Descuido” (“The Heart Is Also Careless”) and a biography of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, “Hugo Chavez Sin Uniforme. Una Historia Personal” (“Hugo Chavez Without Uniform: A Personal History”), written with Cristina Marcano.