Once again, it is worth highlighting the Mexican talent. In this case, it is a man from Tijuana who has won the 2020 Baja California State Prize for Literature. It’s about the playwright Hugo Alfredo Hinojosa, who has been mentioned by a series of interviews and essays that he published in one of the most important newspapers in the country.
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According to El Universal, for the book Conversations from a happy world. Modernity, war and existentialism, the writer Hugo Alfredo Hinojosa won the 2020 State Prize for Literature awarded by the government of Baja California. This work is the compilation of interviews and essays that he published between 2019 and 2020 in the cultural complement Confabulario of that same newspaper.
The conversations were held with all kinds of characters from the national and international cultural scene, such as the editor Jorge Herrera, from Anagrama, or the French director and philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy. The prize he won is made up of 25 thousand pesos and the publication of the title, which is divided into three parts: one with interviews on literature, another on theater essays, and one with more conversations by the author.
One of the elements that can be noticed in his texts is the strong contextualization that he makes of the works he comments on or those of the creators he interviews. A clear example is the one he did to Lévy himself, in which they discuss his documentary Peshmerga, which portrays the fight of Kurdish soldiers against the so-called Islamic State in northern Iraq. In that talk, he spoke in depth with the director about the complicated geopolitical conflicts in the region and what is behind it.
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Hinojosa also has a column mainly on politics in El Universal, where he asks about different issues of public debate in the country. Despite this work in the journalistic and cultural dissemination field, his career began as a playwright in his native Baja California and has published several of his plays, which have also been staged in Mexico and abroad.
This is not the first award he has won, in the past he has also received the National Young Dramaturgy Prize Gerardo Mancebo del Castillo 2009 and the Fine Arts Prize for Dramaturgy 2021. Likewise, he is part of the National System of Art Creators and studied of philosophy at the Autonomous University of Baja California.
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