Oviedo, Spain, Jun 9 (EFE).- French writer and journalist Emmanuel Carrère, widely considered one of the masters of non-fiction, on Wednesday won Spain’s prestigious Princess of Asturias Award for Literature.
The author of notable works such as The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception, a non-fiction account of murderer Jean-Claude Romand, Carrère is the second French writer to win the Spanish prize after Fred Vargas in 2018.
Carrère is also a screenwriter and director, and, after making his debut as a film critic, published his first work in 1982, a monograph on filmmaker Werner Herzog.
The following year he published his first novel The Jaguar’s Friend and focused his attention on fiction with other books such as Gothic Romance and the Mustache, which was later adapted to film.
It wasn’t until The Adversary: A True Story of Monstrous Deception that he delved into the world of non-fiction.
Each winner of the Princess of Asturias Award takes home $60,900 and a statuette designed by Joan Miró. EFE