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Spanish – A Brief Overview, Part 3, Literature



Spanish Alphabet
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.‎

Spanish Literature
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, 2014

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