• Short Summary

    THE GUATEMALAN AMBASSADOR TO FRANCE, SENOR MIGUEL ANGEL ASTURIAS, WAS TODAY (THURSDAY) AWARDED THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE.

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    THE GUATEMALAN AMBASSADOR TO FRANCE, SENOR MIGUEL ANGEL ASTURIAS, WAS TODAY (THURSDAY) AWARDED THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE. THE NEWS FROM STOCKHOLM WAS ANNOUNCED TO SENOR ASTURAS AS HE CELEBRATED HIS 68TH BIRTHDAY IN PARIS.

    THE SWEDISH ACADEMY, AWARDING THE GBP23,000 STERLING PRIZE, PRAISED SENOR ASTURIAS' "HIGHLY COLOURED WRITINGS ROOTED IN A NATIONAL INDIVIDUALITY AND INDIAN TRADITIONS." SENOR ASTURIAS HAS WRITTEN 10 NOVELS SINCE THE AGE OF 30 - ALL CONCERNED WITH INJUSTICE AGAINST THE POOR AND THE WEAK. IN 1946 HE BURST ON TO THE INTERNATIONAL LITERARY SCENE WITH THE SATIRICAL NOVEL - EL SENOR PRESIDENTE - SCATHING ATTACK ON LATIN AMERICAN DICTATORSHIP.

    HE WENT INTO SELF-IMPOSED EXILE IN 1954 AFTER THE OVERTHROW OF THE LEFT-WING GOVERNMENT OF JACOBO ARBENZ AND LIVED MAINLY IN ITALY WHERE HE CONTINUED TO CRITICIZE BIG BUSINESS, MAINLY AMERICAN, AND DICTATORSHIP IN LATIN AMERICA. HIS AMBASSADORIAL APPOINTMENT FOLLOWED THE ELECTION IN MAY 1966 OF PRESIDENT JULIO MONTENEGRO, LEADER OF THE LEFT-WING REVOLUTIONARY PARTY.

    IN PARIS, SENOR ASTURIAS TOLD JOURNALISTS THAT THE PRIZE WOULD MAKE HIM CONSIDER DEVOTING HIS WHOLE LIFE TO LITERATURE. HE SAID HE WAS ONLY THE SECOND LATIN AMERICAN WRITER TO WIN THE LITERATURE PRIZE - THE FIRST WAS CHILE'S GABRIELLA MISTRAL WHO RECEIVED THE AWARD IN 1945 FOR HER 'LYRICAL POETRY."

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    Film ID:
    VLVACGTM77C2B81QC04BEDO0LP2J6
    Media URN:
    VLVACGTM77C2B81QC04BEDO0LP2J6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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