Spanish – A Brief Overview, Part 3, Literature
Spanish uses the Latin alphabet, with the addition of the character ñ. Lexical similarity with other Romance language is as follows: 89% with Portuguese, 82 % with Italian, 75% with French, and 71% with Romanian.
Due to historical and geographical diversity, Spanish literature is extremely diverse. For the purpose of simplification, Spanish literature can be divided between literary works of Spain, and those of Latin America. The former made enormous contributions to all major literary periods since the Middle Ages, including the Renaissance, Baroque, Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism and Modernism. As for the latter, it produced exceptional literary works in the 19th and 20th centuries. Six Latin American authors have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the best known among them is Gabriel García Márquez, who won the Prize in 1982. The Spanish Ministry of Culture annually awards the Premio Miguel de Cervantes to literary works written in Spanish.
A relevant Spanish proverb:
“A word from the mouth, a stone from the sling.”
Posted September 3, 2014Tags: Spanish language, Spanish Literature