"The jury of the fourth edition of the Anagrama Chronicle Prize decided to give the award this Tues. Nov. 29 to Cuban chronicler Carlos Manuel Alvarez and his work Los intrusos [the intruders], a detailed account of the protests organized by the so-called San Isidro Movement that represented a profound political change in Cuban society. "This is a detailed exercise of observation on the current political situation in Cuba that is intertwined with a reflection on the role of journalism, writing and art," the jury highlighted in its decision. The award was presented at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, the most important literary event in Latin America. Álvarez said that this award, endowed with 10,000 euros, fills him with satisfaction and that it is an example of the resonance that journalistic work can have.
Alvarez (Matanzas, Cuba, 33 years old) is one of the most outstanding representatives of a new generation of Latin American chroniclers. He was chosen as one of the best Latin American writers of the 1980s generation by the Guadalajara International Book Fair and his texts have been published in EL PAÍS, The New York Times and The Washington Post. He is also editor of the magazine El Estornudo. The journalist has had to leave Cuba due to the difficult human rights situation and the persecution of critical voices by the regime."