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Mexican writer Jorge Zepeda wins Spain's prestigious Planeta Prize

Mexican writer Jorge Zepeda wins Spain's prestigious Planeta Prize

Posted by Juan Gavasa on October 16, 2014

Mexican writer Jorge Zepeda on Wednesday won the 63rd edition of Spain's Planeta Prize, which comes with a $770,000 award, for his novel "Milena, o el fémur más bello del mundo" ("Milena, or the Most Beautiful Femur in the World").

The prestigious literary award is handed out to unpublished works that are submitted with fake titles and under pseudonyms in order to make sure that the judges aren't swayed by the author's reputation or by any advance word of the work.

Zepeda submitted "Milena" with the alternate title, "The Crimes of the XY Chromosome" and under the pseudonym, Eduardo Nevado. The runner-up for the award was Barcelona journalist Pilar Eyre, who submitted her novel, "My Favorite Color Is Green" under the pseudonym Coral Teida.

Zepeda's winning novel is centered on a group of old college friends, who currently hold important posts in various sectors of society, that save the life of a Croatian prostitute, the victim of a human-trafficking network.

The Mazatlán-born Zepeda has written one previous novel, "The Corrupters," which was published in 2013, as well as other works of non-fiction.

The Planeta panel of judges that selected Zepeda's work from 453 novels entered this year was comprised of Alberto Blecua, Juan Eslava Galán, Pere Gimferrer, Carmen Posadas, Rosa Regas, Fernando Delgado and publisher Emili Rosales.

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