Among the 78 manuscripts submitted to the call for the award that distinguishes biographies in Spanish, the winner has been Pasolini, the last prophet, written by Miguel Dalmau, as announced this morning by the Tusquets publishing house. The jury for the XXXIV Comillas Award highlighted in its ruling “the nuanced account of the fascinating and tragic life of the Italian poet, essayist and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini”. The prize, sponsored by the Antonio Lopez Lamadrid Fund, is endowed with 12,000 euros and the work will be published next March.
Author of the biographies Jaime Gil de Biedma, Los Goytisolo, The Ballad of Oscar Wilde and Julio Cortázar, Dalmau (Barcelona, 63 years old) delves into this new work on the vital vicissitudes of Pier Paolo Pasolini (Bologna, 1922-Rome, 1975). The Italian poet and filmmaker signed the films Teorema (1968), El Decameron (1971) or the controversial Saló or the 120 days of Sodom (1975). “With a sustained narrative pulse from start to finish, Miguel Dalmau narrates the chiaroscuros and contradictions of this great European intellectual one hundred years after his birth, and gives us the keys to understanding a life pierced by a tragic drive,” says the editorial in your statement.
Created in 1988, the Comillas Biography Award has distinguished, among others, the memoirs of Carlos Barral, Jaime Salinas, Carlos Castilla del Pino and the biographies of Luis Martín Santos (José Lázaro), Benito Pérez Galdós (Yolanda Arencibia) and Luis García Berlanga (Miguel Angel Villena).