LiberPress Literature Award 2010

Ramiro Pinilla

Ramiro Pinilla is one of the most outstanding narrators in the Basque Country. His literary work has kept away from the commercial circuits, with a small publishing house he founded himself that only distributed in Bilbao, selling at cost. He won the Nadal Award and the 1960 Critics’ Prize for Las ciegas hormigas, and he was runner-up for the Planeta Prize in 1972 with Seno. He has also published Recuerda, oh recuerda (1974), Primeras historias de la guerra interminable (1977), La gran guerra de doña Tota (1978), Quince años (1990), Huesos (1997) and La Higuera (2006), among other titles.

His greatest work, however, is the trilogy Verdes valles, colinas rojas, an ambitious fresco full of magic about the recent history of the Basque Country and, at the same time, a portrait of Getxo, a key town in his life and literature, in which he digs deeply into the soul of nationalism. The trilogy has earned him numerous awards: the Euskadi Award 2005, the National Critics’ Award 2006 and the National Narrative Award 2006. His favourite beach is Arrigunaga and every day he goes for a walk there. For years he has also attended a literary gathering in Getxo: El Taller, from which some of the new names in Basque literature have emerged.

LiberPress Literature Award 2010

Ramiro Pinilla received the LiberPress Literature Award for his magnificent literary work, in which, always from a caring, humanitarian viewpoint, he describes the simple life of those who are downtrodden, humiliated and dissatisfied, in a language full of wealth, the horrors of the Civil War and the magical recent history of the Basque Country.