Peru’s writer Fernando Iwasaki won the important Don Quijote Price for journalism for his essay “La Mancha Extraterritorial” which was published last year in a Chilean journal.
The winning essay is about the current situation and the future of the Spanish language. According to the writer, the Spanish language is very useful for tourism and music but less interesting for academic work.
The international price Don Quijote is created to award the work of writers (of whatever nationality) who contributed to the distribution and the knowledge of the Spanish language and culture.
Iwasaki won with this price 9000 euros and a replica of the Don Quijote sculpture.
Apart from essays, Iwasaki wrote as well short stories, novels, chronicles, anthologies and historiography.