The Associated Press reports that the Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska has won the Romulo Gallegos literature prize for her novel El Tren Pasa Primero, or The Train Passes First. The prize is limited to those novels having been written in Spanish.
“When one gets to be 75 years old like me, it is wonderful to arrive at this culmination,” she said. The prize “is a reward, a recognition in my case of all the work, because I’m a journalist and writer. It is an award for all Latin America … and an enormous pleasure,” she told the Associated Press.
The writer fled France with her mother and as a result of World War II and has since spent her life in Mexico. In 1971, she published her most well known work, La noche de Tlatelolco or Massacre in Mexico. The book deals with the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico City.
The author told the Associated Press that she’s always been interested in the problems involved with her culture such as labor rights and politics.