Gonzalo Lema won the novel prize Kipus with a family history

Anahi Cazas reports for Pagina Siete:


Lema won the novel prize Kipus with a family history

The tarijeño narrator receive $20,000, the best known literary award Bolivia. Lema’s work competed with 49 works by authors from 14 countries.

“I’m very happy. Really feel the same happiness I experienced 16 years ago when I won the first version of National Novel Prize with Life hurts without you”.

2014-09-04 08.20.22 amThus the tarijeño writer Gonzalo Lema yesterday held his latest feat: winning the first version of the International Novel Prize Kipus with his work “We were always family”, and also thereby won the best recognized literature award in Bolivia: $20,000.

“I am satisfied with this award because it really was a huge effort to write this novel, which is quite thick and it has taken me a long time to work,” said Lema.

The work was chosen by unanimous jury and competed against 49 works from 14 countries, that were presented at the announcement of the contest. The notice of award was launched last year. The event was organized by the national publishing Kipus and is the first since the country has an international reach.

Lema said that history”We were always family” was saved several years ago. “It’s a comprehensive coverage of family members novel. Explore each member’s behaviors and behaviors that are somewhat eccentric, due to the personal stories which they live,” he said.

According to the author, the work shows a family at some point and tends to shatter faced by the weight of their own history, but which eventually imposed as a core. Narrates five interlocking stories. One was written in 1996 when Lema was a college, another is inspired by a former teammate of his work in Cochabamba and the rest was created in recent years. “Its a work I was putting together slowly. Retrieved subjects that pursued me and I kept them for this project,” he said.

“It’s a long novel that caters to dad, mom, three children, who are involved in good and bad surprises, but end as said seeking peace through family togetherness” he said.

The story is set in the 90s and its time limit is the 2000 “tells more than two decades in the life of that family,” he said.

The panel of judges also awarded a mention who recommended publication. It is criminal conspiracy novel by Colombian writer Edgar Armando Caicedo.

Lema was born in Tarija in 1959 is a novelist and storyteller. He published This side of the world (Guttentag Award 1980); The country of Joy (1987), The footprint is forgetfulness (1993), now it’s time (1998), Life without you hurts (National Novel Prize, 1998), Lips of your body (2004); Tell me who shot against (2004), Against anyone in battle (2007), If you find Mari Jo (2007), The sea, sun and Marisol (2009) and The field work.

About the title “We were always family”, Lema said he sought a name that defines the essence of the history of the novel. “From my 22 years since publishing my first book, I am well aware that the titles of my books have to be very attractive, because I think the story you will have started in the title story, the title part text and, therefore, must be perfect. Do not settle for a bad title and am careful with that theme, but I demand more time, it takes a while, “he said.


He was born in Tarija in 1959 is a novelist and storyteller.

He joined the Laredo Career Institute. Then he studied law at the UMSS.

Awards Won. Guttentag (1980) Competition and won first place in the National Novel Prize (1998).


I just hope his work can be also bought through iTunes and/or Amazon, so it can be read worldwide. Kudos to Gonzalo Lema and welcome to The Hall of Bolivian Fame!

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