Sarah Lawrence College faculty member Eduardo Lago has been presented with Spain’s oldest and most prestigious literary award, the Premio Nadal, by the Spanish publishing house Ediciones Destino in recognition of his first novel, Llámame Brooklyn, or "Call me Brooklyn". Lago is the recipient of the 62nd annual Premio Nadal, which is traditionally awarded during a celebration in Barcelona on the Day of Kings.
Lago’s Llámame Brooklyn was one of 290 novels eligible for this year’s Premio Nadal. The novel reflects Lago’s life experience during the 18 years he has lived in New York, the first ten in Brooklyn. “It is a brilliant tale of love and friendship which takes place in New York, Madrid, and Tuscany,” noted Palmira Feixas of Ediciones Destino, who goes on to praise Lago’s work as containing “brilliant narrative prose.”
Llámame Brooklyn centers around a young writer who resolves to complete a novel left unfinished by a dying older acquaintance. Lago characterizes his novel as a story of both love and friendship as these characters both take part in the writing of a shared text.
Eduardo Lago is a professor of Spanish and Spanish literature at Sarah Lawrence College where his interests focus on translation theory, the aesthetics of the Baroque, and connections among contemporary U.S. Latino, Iberian, Spanish American, and Luso-Brazilian fiction writers. Lago was the recipient of the 2002 Bartolomé March Award for Excellence in Literary Criticism for his comparison of the three existing Spanish translations of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Lago is also the author of Cuentos dispersos, a collection of short stories and Cuaderno de Mejico, a memoir of a trip to Chiapas.