Again this year the gala is to be highlighted for its important audience and because of the quality of the winning novel.
This year Ibéricos FISAN has again worked in collaboration with RBA on its most important event of the year, the Award Gala for its Crime Fiction Award, which has taken place at the RBA Foundation in Barcelona. An evening during which the cream of society has again come together to celebrate one of the country’s most important literary awards.
On this occasion we were lucky enough to be present in the company of two Master Ham Carvers and thus be able to offer the attending public our FISAN Gran Reserva Acorn-Fed Ham, along with our acorn-fed sausage meats: loin, salchichón and chorizo, all of which absolutely delighted the audience.
This year the jury, composed by Paco Camarasa, Luisa Gutiérrez, Antonio Lozano, Soledad Puértolas and Lorenzo Silva, decided to choose the novel Snow, submitted to the contest under the pen name of Colonel Race, as the winning novel of the 11th Edition of the International Crime Fiction Awards (Premio RBA de Novela Policiaca). The author lurking behind the name is Benjamin Black, the alter ego of the Irish writer John Banville, who personally attended the gala to receive the award.
In the jury’s opinion, Benjamin Black once again provides the crime fiction genre with exceptional literary quality, yet without leaving behind a sense of humor and the denouncement of the abuse that the powerful exercise over those that are weakest, all characteristics that brand his work. His extraordinary prose, which he puts at the service of a great description of characters, ambiences and deep thoughtful reflections of vital importance, confirms the prestige of the author who is already an international referent in the crime fiction genre.
The winning novel will be available to the general public in bookstores as of the 11th of September under the title of Pecado (Sin). Thus, RBA has published Benjamin Black’s new novel in Spain even before it is actually available in any other language.