© Lisbeth Salas
Nicaragua, 1942. He founded the magazine Ventana (Window) in 1960 and headed the eponymous literary movement. In 1968 he founded the Editorial Universitaria Centroamericana (EDUCA) and in 1981 la Editorial Nueva Nicaragua. He has written more than fifty books, and has been translated to 15 languages. His novel Margarita, está linda la mar (Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea) (1998) won the Alfaguara Novel Prize, awarded by a jury presided by Carlos Fuentes, and in 2000 the José María Arguedas Prize, granted by Casa de las Américas. For his overall literary career he received the José Donoso Ibero-American Letters Prize in 2011, and in 2014 the Carlos Fuentes International Prize for Literary Creation in the Spanish Language. His most recent novel is Ya nadie llora por mí, (Nobody Cries for Me Anymore), published by Alfaguara in 2017. He won a Guggenheim scholarship, and the French government made him a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (France). He has also received the German Order of Merit and the Queen Isabella the Catholic Order on the part of the Spanish government. Since 2012 he presides Centroamérica Cuenta, the most important literary festival in the region. He is a winner of the Miguel de Cervantes Prize (Spain, 2017).