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La obra que le valió a Hemingway el Pulitzer en 1953.

«Su mejor obra. El tiempo demostrará que es la mejor que cualquiera de nosotros haya escrito, y con eso me refiero a sus coetáneos y a los míos.» William Faulkner

Con un lenguaje de gran fuerza y sencillez, El viejo y el mar narra la historia de un viejo pescador cubano a quien la suerte parece haber abandonado, y del desafío mayor al que se enfrenta: la batalla despiadada y sin tregua con un pez gigantesco en las aguas del golfo.

Escrito en 1952 por encargo de la revista Life, este relato lo confirmó como uno de los escritores más significativos del siglo XX, obteniendo el Premio Pulitzer en 1953 y allanando su carrera hacia el Premio Nobel de Literatura, que recibió en 1954.

Earl Theisen, 1953

Ernest Hemingway did more to change the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established Hemingway as one of the greatest literary lights of the twentieth century. His classic novel The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. His life and accomplishments are explored in-depth in the PBS documentary film from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, Hemingway. Known for his larger-than-life personality and his passions for bullfighting, fishing, and big-game hunting, he died in Ketchum, Idaho on July 2, 1961. 

“A beautiful tale, awash in the seasalt and sweat, bait and beer of the Havana coast. It tells a fundamental human truth: in a volatile world, from our first breath to our last wish, through triumphs and pitfalls both trivial and profound, what sustains us, ultimately, is hope.”
The Guardian 

“His masterpiece... a perfect piece of work.”
—Mario Vargas Llosa 

“The old man embodies the ambition and courage it takes to live, and the need to redeem yourself again and again in your own eyes. When at last after ntold agonies you hook the prize, the achievement of a lifetime, the biggest damn fish out there…it falls apart. The story is about the fact that life ends—a hard-to-ignore truth that we spend our days ignoring. All you have is the moment, this moment.”
—Abraham Verghese

"Here is the master technician once more at the top of his form, doing superbly what he can do better than anyone else.”
The New York Times 
 

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